The 2020 Mazda 6 is more than an ordinary medium-sized family sedan, which offers style, a fun nature of driving and value. Its chiseled body and attractive cab are of a quality that you would expect from much more expensive cars, and its fantastic chassis offers the kind of driving experience you would normally expect only from an expensive sports sedan. Together, these features create an extraordinary mix of exclusive environment and unsurpassed dynamics; However, the Mazda 6 is surprisingly affordable. Buying a Mazda is free of individual options. Instead, Mazda requires buyers to select higher trim levels to add the features they want. The Mazda 6 will not win many objective comparisons with its competitors, since it is not the fastest, most thrifty or most technological. But this wonderful sedan transcends the numbers and points to the senses better than its “main family car of medium size” implies.
The changes are modest this year, including a new keychain and a trunklid badge for the top Signature model. But that is to be expected, since the Mazda 6 has benefited from three image changes in the last six model years. The most recent came in the 2018 model year, when it added a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that grooved above the standard naturally aspirated engine of the same displacement. The turbocharged engine, which has cylinder deactivation to improve fuel economy and adds a little more power and torque, remains an option for 2020. This year is also a new bad forecast for the first-line Signature model. That model has leather, real wood finish, and an extensive list of standard features.
> Sport: $ 24,920
> Touring: $ 27,520
> Grand Touring: $ 30,620
> Grand Touring Reserve: $ 33,120
> Signature: $ 36,220
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
If he was not given the context that the interior of the 6 is, well, the Mazda 6, he is forgiven for thinking that it belonged to a much more expensive car. The quality of the materials impresses, as does the exclusive, mature design and the restricted details. Apart from some minor inconvenience with the way some of the interior controls work, the cabin is first class and the best in its class. Surprisingly for a sedan with such a sexy shape, the Mazda 6 is no less practical than other medium-sized deals. The six handbags that fit in the trunk and the 17 that fit with the rear seats folded put the Mazda at the head of the class. Our only complaint? That the rear seats cannot be folded from inside the car: first you have to walk to the trunk, open it and pull the release handles for the backs of the seats located there. Next, you have to go back to the rear doors and push the flat backs.
Infotainment and connectivity
Mainly operated by a luxury feel control knob on the center console similar to those used by BMW and Audi, Mazda’s infotainment system has the touch and visual stroke to impress. The dashboard screen works like a touch screen, although one that only works when the car is stationary. As satisfying and easy as using that knob, the menus it commands are not as intuitive as they could be.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Unlike most medium-sized alternatives, the 2020 Mazda 6 line does not go hybrid or plug-in. The standard engine makes 187 horsepower. However, there is a choice of two 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines. An optional turbocharged engine generates up to 250 horsepower. Both are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Mazda has made known that a version of all-wheel drive and a 2.2-liter turbo diesel is coming to US buyers, and those are expected by the end of 2019. The 2020 Mazda 6 offers above average driving satisfaction for a family sedan , with a fluidity to its controls and handling that is uncommon at any price. And Mazda manages to provide the excitement without sacrificing refinement or driving quality. In our tests, the first-line Signature model had less absolute grip and longer braking distances than the 2016 model. Chalk this at least in part to the new tires it carried, which the company equipped to help reduce noise from tires None of this can diminish how well the Mazda 6 drives and rides, especially given how quiet the cabin is. Make no mistake, it is still the most fun sedan to drive in this segment.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
The EPA has not published the 2020 estimates for the Mazda 6, but by 2019, both four-cylinder engines had competitive EPA ratings. What’s even more impressive is that the turbo model hit 36 mpg in our real-world highway fuel economy test, surpassing its EPA road estimate by 5 mpg. The Mazda 6 with the base engine we tested earlier delivered 37 mpg, an advantage of 2 mpg compared to its EPA road rating.
Safety features and driver assistance
The Mazda 6 earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) named it Top Safety Pick +. The sophisticated sedan also has standard driver assistance features and is available with a full set of active safety features that Mazda calls i-Activsense. Key security features include:
> Standard frontal collision warning with automated emergency braking.
> Standad blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.
> Lane departure warning available with lane maintenance assistance.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
The Mazda industry standard powertrain warranty is competitive in class, but nothing special. No free scheduled maintenance is offered in contrast to the Toyota Camry that provides two years of coverage, and the Chevrolet Malibu, which provides one year.
> The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles.
> The powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles.
> There is no free scheduled maintenance.