2020 Mazda6 New Car Test Drive
The Mazda6 sedan is known for its flowing lines and superb handling. Last year it got an optional turbocharged engine, suspension upgrades, and better steering. For 2019 every version gains automatic emergency braking, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control. The only other change is the elimination of the 6-speed manual transmission.
The base and more popular engine is a frisky 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The upgraded engine is a 250-horsepower turbo-4 with real muscle, especially for a family sedan.
The Mazda6 is 191.5 inches long, with a wheelbase of 111.4 inches, which is only 3.5 inches longer than the redesigned 2019 Mazda 3, but the Mazda6 feels bigger than that. It seats four comfortably, and five in a pinch.
The EPA rates the 6 with the standard engine at 26 mpg city, 35 highway, 29 combined. The turbo-4 is rated at 23/31/26 mpg.
The NHTSA gives the 2019 Mazda6 a five-star overall crash-test rating. The IIHS hasn't rated it yet, but they gave the 2018 model a Top Safety Pick + designation when it was equipped with the active safety equipment. .
The Mazda6 comes in five models: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature.
The Sport at $24,720 (including freight) comes with 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, power features, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB inputs, dual-zone climate control, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment.
We like the Touring best, which for $27,320 adds 19-inch wheels, smartphone compatibility, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, two rear USB chargers, and keyless ignition.
The Signature, with the turbo engine, adds a gunmetal gray grille, a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, leather upholstery, a 7.0-inch digital instrument display, navigation, and beautiful open-pore wood..