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Mazda 6

The Mazda6 is a poster child for the woes of the medium-sized car market, as its sales wither on the vine under the sustained fire of the SUV onslaught.

It's a damn shame, because it truly is a beautiful car, both in appearance and appointments, and it's got excellent road manners.

The current Mazda6 features all of Mazda's newest technology, including 'G-Vectoring' steering control and the excellent 2.5-litre SkyActiv four-cylinder petrol engine, and it's available as a stylish sedan and good-looking (if slightly impractically shaped) wagon.

If you don't really need an SUV then a Mazda6 is a very viable alternative, with prices starting at $34,490 for the 6 Sport up to $52,690 for the 6 Atenza 100TH Anniversary.

This vehicle is also known as Mazda Atenza (China and Japan).

Mazda 6 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda 6 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $25,600 and going to $53,240 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Sedan 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $25,600 $51,920
2021 Wagon 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $26,500 $53,240
2021 Sedan 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $34,490 $51,390
2021 Wagon 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $35,790 $52,690
2020 Sedan 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $25,600 $51,920
2020 Wagon 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $26,500 $53,240
2019 Sedan 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $21,400 $45,760
2019 Wagon 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $22,200 $46,970
2018 Sedan 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $17,600 $40,370
2018 Wagon 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $18,300 $40,590
2017 Sedan 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $15,400 $28,600
2017 Wagon 2.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $16,300 $32,120
See All Mazda 6 Pricing and Specs

Mazda 6 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda 6 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Problems with engine failure in my 2010 Mazda 6

    This is a known problem in the Mazda turbo-diesel, and many owners have suffered similar failures. The problem begins with the formation of hard, carbon deposits in the top end of the engine which eventually find their way into the engine’s sump and block the oil pick-up. When that happens, the engine can’t pump oil efficiently and some parts of the engine become oil-starved. That’s when a build-up of friction and, therefore, heat, will cause a catastrophic failure with the attendant metal shavings that were subsequently discovered in your engine.

    So why was the problem missed? An enthusiastic mechanic will always have a look at the oil that comes out of an engine, looking for just the symptoms you’ve noted. A really keen technician will sometimes even cut the old oil filter open to check for anything that shouldn’t be there. Unfortunately, in the context of a busy workshop with price-conscious customers, this doesn’t always happen. In the Mazda’s engine, the normal practice should be to check the strainer that covers the oil pick-up, but, again, that may not have been the case with your engine. If the workshop you used was a Mazda dealership, I’d be asking management why that process wasn’t followed. Even then, it’s difficult to say whether this check would have saved your engine, as the damage may already have been done.

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  • Why does it take more effort to steer left in my 2011 Mazda 6?

    Let’s start with the basics here, Bryan, before lashing out on mechanics. Are the tyre pressures where they should be? A tyre can be pretty under-inflated before that’s actually obvious to the eye, but a tyre with an incorrect pressure can be harder to turn. Next, what about the wheel alignment settings? Has the car bounced off a kerb lately? Has there been any incident that could have wrenched the front end out of alignment? When was the last time the wheel alignment was checked?

    For all of that, however, I’m tempted to suspect that there’s something wrong with the valving in the power-steering rack. I’d be having the rack checked for any foreign matter inside that could be blocking the valves or in some other way preventing the rack from guiding the wheels smoothly in both directions. A dodgy steering system is an obvious safety issue, so don’t mess about having it checked.

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  • What can be done about a broken transfer case in a 2007 Mazda 6?

    It all depends on whether you bought the car privately or from a licensed used-car dealer. If it’s the latter, you might have some redress under the mandatory warranty conditions in your State. If you bought the car privately, I’m afraid there’s no comeback at all beyond contacting the seller, explaining the situation and perhaps coming to an arrangement on a refund or part-refund. I wouldn’t be holding my breath, however, and a private seller usually has no obligations whatsoever to make your problem their problem. Did you have the car independently inspected before the purchase? If you did, I’d be taking the matter up with whoever did the inspection, because a faulty transfer case should perhaps have been picked up as part of any pre-purchase test.

    If the transfer case is damaged beyond repair, you’ll need a new one. The problem there is that the only Mazda 6 that featured this driveline (with a transfer case) was the MPS model which only sold in small numbers. So you might have trouble finding a second-hand one. Even the main gearbox (a six-speed) was different to the manual gearbox (a five-speed) on the other Mazda 6 models.

     

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  • What wagon should I buy for less than $35000?

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. Our first thought was for you to consider a Mazda 6 wagon from Japan, since it is one of the few new wagons left on offer within your price range, is economical and reliable, a pleasure to drive and low enough (at 1480mm) for your garage situation. But it doesn't quite meet all your requirements in that it hasn't much ground clearance (at just 125mm) and back-seat legroom isn't great. It's worth remembering that the 6 wagon is 80mm shorter in wheelbase - the distance between the front and rear wheels - than the corresponding sedan version. It's a bit tight in there.

    Alternatively, you might want to consider the just-discontinued Holden ZB Commodore wagon or Ford Mondeo wagon, as both offer substantially more rear-seat legroom than the Mazda 6 wagon, as well as the choice of a turbo-petrol or turbo-diesel engines. These are European-sourced models (Germany and Spain respectively), with big boots and towing-friendly torquey engines. However, again, low ground clearances might be an issue here as well.

    So, our advice is to measure your garage roof and see if either of the medium SUVs listed below can fit, because if they do, then these would be the absolutely ideal vehicles for your need.

    The better of the two, for its overall quiet refinement, all-weather all-wheel-drive grip and excellent all-round vision is the Subaru Forester from Japan. It ticks all your boxes in terms of needs and suitability, while providing heaps of ground clearance at 220mm. Plus it offers excellent standard safety kit, economy, reliability and resale, as well as decent performance. Just know that it stands 1730mm tall. If that fits, then find yourself a demo at $35,000 and enjoy one of the best family-car buys at any price available today.

    Then there our second favourite, the wildly-popular Toyota RAV4, also from Japan. Much of what we said about the Forester applies here too, except it is front-wheel drive rather than AWD at your price point. There is a RAV AWD but it is a hybrid AWD system that takes the price into the mid-$40,000 region, so that's out of contention. The base RAV4 2WD also has a smaller engine (at 2.0-litres) than the Subaru, but it is equally response and agile. Where the RAV4 eclipses the Forester from your perspective is height – it is shorter at 1685mm high, while still allowing 195mm ground clearance.

    Both Japanese SUVs are huge inside, with loads of space to boot. If their height doesn't end up being a problem, then know that either will provide many years of faultless, reliable, economical and enjoyable service. Good luck, we hope this helps. 

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Mazda 6 Colours

  • Soul Red Crystal
  • Machine Grey
  • Sonic Silver
  • Titanium Flash
  • Deep Crystal Blue
  • Blue Reflex
  • Jet Black
  • Snowflake White Pearl
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Mazda 6 2019.

Mazda 6 Interior

As our review images show, the Mazda 6's interior is a clean, coherent, and understated design with the dashboard dominated by the sleek 'MZD Connect' multimedia screen. There is plenty of room for front-seat passengers, and even those in the rear won't run into any headroom trouble. There is plenty of leg room, too, as well as decent foot room. Smaller folks will be okay in the middle rear seat. Leather seat trim is offered on the Sport model and up.

Mazda 6 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda 6 Sedan and Wagon vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Sedan 1450x1840x4865 mm 165 mm
2021 Wagon 1480x1840x4800 mm 165 mm
2020 Sedan 1450x1840x4865 mm 165 mm
2020 Wagon 1480x1840x4800 mm 165 mm
2019 Sedan 1450x1840x4865 mm 165 mm
2019 Wagon 1480x1840x4800 mm 165 mm
2018 Sedan 1450x1840x4865 mm 165 mm
2018 Wagon 1480x1840x4800 mm 165 mm
2017 Wagon 1480x1840x4800 mm 165 mm
2017 Sedan 1450x1840x4865 mm 165 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda 6 Dimensions

Mazda 6 Wheel Size

The Mazda 6 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 225x55 R17 for Sedan in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Sedan 225x55 R17 225x55 R17
2021 Wagon 225x55 R17 225x55 R17
2020 Sedan 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2020 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 Sedan 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 Sedan 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 Sedan 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
2017 Wagon 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches 225x55 R17 17x7.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda 6 Wheel Sizes

Mazda 6 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda 6 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7L/100km for Sedan /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Sedan 7L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2021 Wagon 7L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2020 Sedan 7L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 7L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan 5.4L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2019 Sedan 6.6L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 5.4L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 7L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2018 Sedan 5.4L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2018 Sedan 6.6L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 5.4L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 7L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 5.4L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 6.6L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 5.4L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 6.6L/100km 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda 6 Pricing and Specs for 2021

Mazda 6 Towing Capacity

The Mazda 6 has maximum towing capacity of 1600kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
2021 Wagon 1500kg 1600kg
2020 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
2020 Wagon 1500kg 1600kg
2019 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
2019 Wagon 1500kg 1600kg
2018 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
2018 Wagon 1500kg 1600kg
2017 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
2017 Wagon 1500kg 1600kg
See All Towing Capacity for Mazda 6

Mazda 6 Seats

The following Mazda 6 comes with five seats as both a sedan and wagon. The Sport variant is only available with Black cloth seat trim. The Touring variant comes with Black leather seat trim. The GT variant is available with the choice between Black or Pure White leather upholstery. The Atenza variant comes with the choice between Brown or Pure White Nappa leather seat trim.

Shown above are seat details for the Mazda 6 2019.