Disclosure: I received a free, week long car loan in order to facilitate this Mazda 6 review.
In the market for a new car?
There are countless options in the midsize sedan category from which to choose, but all aren’t created equal.
We’ve had the pleasure of sampling a few options in recent months and, while I still can’t pick an absolute favorite, I can say that the Mazda 6 is near the top of my list.
We loved spending a week with the vehicle and doing our Mazda 6 review.
Thinking about bringing home a new ride this year? Here’s our Mazda 6 review to help you decide if this car is a great fit for you.
Mazda 6 Review: 5 Things to Know and Love
It drives like a racecar.
Or, like how I imagine driving a racecar would feel having not actually ever driven one myself. It’s zippy and quick, moving around the city streets and barreling down the highway with more speed and precision than the family cars you may be used to. Under the hood there are a few upgrades that allow the car to drive with such alacrity, but you’re going to have to look at one of those car websites to get to the meat of that (listen, DudeMom likes pretty things, she doesn’t know how they work).
It’s pretty inside and out.
There are so many gorgeous features on the Mazda 6, you’ll forgive me for not covering them all. But, to start, I loved the white leather interior with the piping. I’d literally never even considered owning a car with white interior (because kids, duh), but it looked classy and fancy and all of the things I only long to be. You can always invest in seat covers if you’re worried. I found the dashboard to be quite appealing and fell in love with the pop up screen and turn knob control (it’s located lower on the console so you can easily use it without distraction or discomfort). Added awesome: back seat heaters. Please know my Dudes were all about roasty buns.
It’s pretty affordable.
Even with some of the fancier options. The MSRP has it starting at just a bit over $20k and the fully loaded model sits at around the $30k mark.
It’s got a great safety rating.
It received a 5-star rating by U.S. News and World Report which also ranked it 8th our of 19 midsized sedans. At the higher models, you will find safety features like the blind-spot monitoring, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. All of these features help keep you and your family on the road and safe.
The gas mileage is fabulous.
As an SUV driver, I imagine that I am somewhat easy to please in this arena. Gassing up weekly sends me into a mild depression on my car and even in a slow week I find myself sitting at the pump for a fill-up. I drove the Mazda 6 for a full week, towards the end of summer, when we had all sorts of things going on and I didn’t take it to the pump once! I got around town on errands and kid drop offs and pickups for a full 7 days without slipping even a drop of gas in the tank. Major score. Officially you’re looking at 26/38 MPG.