2020 Mazda6 New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan has luxurious trappings and sharp driving dynamics. Its upscale intentions at an affordable price make this handsome sedan a standout value.
After a big update in 2019 that included a new engine offering and more active-safety features, the Mazda 6 stands pat for 2020. Nothing has changed save the key fob design.
Engine choices for the Mazda 6 are limited to two flavors of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. Base models get this inline-4 in non-turbo form that's good for 187 horsepower. Upgrade to the turbocharged variant of this engine and there's 250 horsepower at the ready. Both engines mate up to a 6-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is not available.
Gas mileage is about middle of the road for the segment, with the non-turbo 2.5-liter leading the way at 26 mpg city, 35 highway, 29 combined. Get the turbo engine and mileage drops to 23/31/26 mpg.
Active-safety features are well accounted for on the Mazda 6, with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors standard on all models. The Signature trim comes with a head-up display and a surround-view camera system as well.
Both the government and the IIHS have given the Mazda 6 high marks for crashworthiness, with both testing bodies awarding it their highest marks.
All prices include a $945 destination charge.
Opening the lineup is the Sport ($25,045). It comes with 17-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, two USB ports, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with Bluetooth.
Next up is the Touring ($27,645). It adds synthetic leather, heated front seats, a power moonroof, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and 19-inch wheels. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard here.
The Grand Touring ($30,745) is the middle of the lineup. It includes the turbocharged engine, paddle shifters, Bose audio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and heated side mirrors.
Grand Touring Reserve models ($33,245) are outfitted with a head-up display, leather, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and power-folding mirrors.
The most luxurious model is the Signature ($36,345). Its standard luxuries include nappa leather, genuine wood trim, a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, and a a surround-view camera system.