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A sporty midsize sedan with sophisticated styling.

2019 Mazda6 Review | CarMax

Sharp lines and deep curves set this midsize sedan apart with the performance prowess you don't ordinarily expect in a family car. The 2019 Mazda6 has more than just good looks to offer, such as spirited driving dynamics to elevate mundane commutes and a suite of standard and available technology for more convenience on the road. It's as attractive on the inside as it is on the out with an upscale interior that provides comfortable seating for five and is ideal for families and those who like to ride in style.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Mazda6 review:

Key Specs and Features

  • Two engine options: 2.5L four-cylinder engine or turbocharged 2.5L
  • 2.5L four-cylinder engine produces 187 horsepower with 186 lb.-ft. of torque
  • The turbocharged 2.5L has a maximum output of 250 horsepower when powered by 93 octane fuel or 227 horsepower with 87 octane fuel and produces 310 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • Equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive

5 Reasons to Buy

1. It looks amazing

The chiseled body and fastback roofline make the 2019 Mazda6 look born for the open road. Its angular mesh grille and sculpted front-end air intake accentuate the vehicle's low and wide stance, while the artful design of its sleek LED headlamps gives the midsize sedan an upscale image. Sharp lines that flow from the hood and around the body amplify the Mazda6's sense of motion and make this coupe-styled sedan look anything but ordinary.

2. Robust infotainment system

2019 Mazda6 Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

Infotainment is front and center in the 2019 Mazda6 with a high-mounted eight-inch color touchscreen display centered in the dash. Standard features include HD Radio™, Aha™, Stitcher™, and Pandora® internet radio integration, SMS text message audio delivery and reply, and more. Rather than fumbling around on the screen, you can opt to use the standard voice command capability or multifunction controls in the center console to operate the system.

3. A massive suite of technology

2019 Mazda6 Review: Front Seats | CarMax

Standard advanced driver-assistance features raise the 2019 Mazda6's premium appeal even higher. Every model is equipped with sensors that provide blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Other basic equipment includes lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control that functions in stop-and-go traffic to reduce stress. The standard forward collision warning with emergency braking has pedestrian-detection capabilities that keep you aware of your surroundings.

4. Easy to bring tech on board

The 2019 Mazda6 offers available Apple CarPlay® and Google Android Auto™ on some trims to quickly integrate compatible mobile devices with the vehicle's infotainment system. These smartphone projection capabilities provide easy access to the apps you use the most, helping you stay connected to work, family, and friends while on the road. Rear-seat passengers will be able to power their gear using two USB charging ports revealed in the storage compartment of the fold-down armrest in Touring and higher trims.

5. Spirited driving dynamics

One of the best-kept secrets about the 2019 Mazda6 is its remarkable driving dynamics. Equipped on all models is G-Vectoring Control Plus, a system that subtly adjusts weight shift to optimize stability and control during quick lane changes and around curves. Four wheel-independent front MacPherson struts paired with a stabilizer bar delivers a smooth ride with responsive handling.


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What You Need to Know

Trims

Base model: Includes 17-inch wheels, a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, remote keyless entry, push-button start, manual cloth sport seats, a suite of advanced driver-assistance technology, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and more.

Mazda6 Touring:In addition to the features included in the base model, this trim adds 19-inch wheels, a moonroof, a six-way power-adjustable driver seat, heated leatherette-trimmed front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, two USB charging ports in the rear armrest, and more.

Mazda6 Grand Touring:This trim level replaces the engine with a 2.5L turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant and also adds paddle shifters. In addition to all the features included in the Touring trim, you'll find heated side mirrors, a Bose® 11-speaker sound system, SiriusXM® satellite radio, and more.

Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve: In addition to the features included in the Grand Touring trim, the Grand Touring Reserve adds automatic power-folding side mirrors, a heated steering wheel, leather-trimmed sport seats, a six-way power front passenger seat, heads-up display, heated rear seats, and more.

Mazda6 Signature: This trim adds many interior and exterior detail upgrades to the feature list of the Grand Touring Reserve trim, including a seven-inch LCD in the instrument panel, a navigation system, a 360° surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and more.

Interior

2019 Mazda6 Review: Backseats | CarMax

The 2019 Mazda6 is equally stylish on the inside as it is on the outside. All 2019 trims include a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift that give it a premium feel. The clean lines of the dashboard inspire a sense of spaciousness and elegance, and an overall minimalist style makes 42.2 inches of legroom for the driver and front-seat passenger, and up to 38.7 inches of available legroom in the rear seem even roomier. The trunk can hold up to 14.7 cubic feet to fit golf clubs, folded strollers, and parenting gear.

2019 Mazda6 Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

Colors

  • Deep Crystal Blue
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Machine Gray Metallic Paint
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica Paint
  • Sonic Silver Metallic
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic Paint

Similar Vehicles

Honda Accord

Under the hood of the 2019 Honda Accord, you'll find a 192-horsepower four-cylinder paired with either a six-speed manual or a CVT transmission, or a 252-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine available with either a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission. Green-conscious buyers may also appreciate that this midsize sedan is available in a hybrid variant that adds a 1.3kWh lithium-ion battery to the four-cylinder powertrain to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 48 mpg.1

An impressive suite of driver-assistance features is included as standard equipment in the 2019 model, including emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control. The Accord offers 42.3 inches of legroom for the driver and front-seat passengers but differentiates itself from the competition with a roomier second row that offers a generous 40.4 inches of space, allowing rear occupants to stretch their legs. Its larger trunk space can fit up to 16.7 cubic feet of sports equipment, luggage, and groceries.

Mazda3

The 2019 Mazda3 includes many of the features and benefits you'll find in the Mazda6, but with a smaller footprint. It's available with the same 2.5L four-cylinder engine producing 186-horsepower and 187 lb.-ft. of torque, and that engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 Mazda3 can also achieve up to an EPA-estimated 36 mpg highway in models equipped with the Premium Package.1 In addition, it includes a suite of advanced driver-assistance features, an 8.8-inch touchscreen display, a streamlined minimalist interior, seating for five, an eight-speaker audio system, and more. The extended roofline of the 2019 Mazda3 hatchback increases the cargo-carrying capacity to 20.1 cubic feet, compared to 13.2 cubic feet in the sedan, allowing it to fit taller and bulkier items than its sedan-styled sibling.

Toyota Camry

The 2019 Toyota Camry is often the standard by which all midsize sedans are measured. One of the longest-running nameplates in its class, this roomy vehicle offers seating for five and generous storage that makes it popular for families and drivers shopping for a well-rounded vehicle. It's available with an eight-speed automatic transmission mated to either a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 203-horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque or a 3.5L V6 engine with an output of 301-horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2019 model is offered in five trims—L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE—that offer a wide range of comfort and sophistication. The rear sports a comfortable 38 inches of legroom, which is more than enough for adults. It also features a generous cargo area that can hold up to 15.1 cubic feet of luggage, sporting equipment, or baby gear in all trims except the base model L, which still offers 14.1 cubic feet of room.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Mazda6 is a luxury sedan in almost every sense except name. With impressive exterior design and renowned engineering and performance, it has all the trappings of a high-end marque but without the price tag associated with many premium nameplates. A spacious cabin and sophisticated interior enable this vehicle to wear a lot of hats, and it's ideal for buyers who appreciate the joy of driving and want to look good while doing it.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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