2016 Mazda6 New Car Test Drive
With sporty handling and sleek styling, the Mazda6 is for drivers who want a midsize sedan but don't want a mundane car Excellent fuel economy further justifies it as a smart decision.
For 2016, Mazda6 benefits from a major refresh, just two years after this third-generation version debuted. Distinguished by a new grille and headlight design, the 2016 Mazda6 gets an updated interior with redesigned front and rear seats, a new instrument panel, retooled floor console, new electronic parking brake, refined fit and finish, and Mazda Connect infotainment. The powertrain carries over but there's a new drive-select feature for 2016. More sound dampening and insulation measures promise a quieter cabin. New safety features for 2016 include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, Smart Brake Support.
A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers all models, rated at 184 horsepower, 185 pound-feet of torque, and all are front-wheel drive. EPA estimates for the 2016 Mazda6 are 26/38 mpg City/Highway with the automatic, which comes on all but the Sport.
Competitors to the Mazda6 include Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima. The Mazda is the sportiest of the bunch.
The 2016 Mazda6 comes in three trim levels: Mazda6 Sport ($21,495), Mazda6 Touring ($23,945), and Mazda6 Grand Touring ($30,195). All come with the same 2.5-liter engine. Sport and Touring come with a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic; Grand Touring comes with the automatic. Sport comes with fabric upholstery, Touring gets leatherette, Grand Touring comes trimmed with leather.