Consumer Reports Says 2018 Mazda6 Facelift Is A Perfectly Rounded Package

Mazda facelifted the ‘6’ sedan at the end of last year, giving it a lot of enhancements both in the design department as well as under the hood.

Described as being “stylish and engaging to drive without breaking the bank” by Consumer Reports, the 2018 Mazda6 offers just about everything one could wish for from a car in this segment.

It has decent feedback from the steering, feels athletic through corners and is a delight to drive. Also, with the new turbocharged engine, it’s even more engaging, so if the budget allows it, this should be the one to go for.

Also Read: Driven: 2018 Mazda6 Facelift With 2.5 Turbo Is A Working Man’s Luxury Sedan

However, the naturally aspirated mill, combined with the six-speed automatic transmission, is no slouch either, given that it packs 187 hp (190 PS / 140 kW) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque.

Inside, everything feels well put together. The quality is very impressive for a mid-size, mass-produced sedan, there’s just enough legroom at the back for taller passengers and a spacious trunk that can become even larger by folding down the rear seats.

The downsides include some of the controls, which take time to master, the front seats that don’t have sufficient adjustment, and the headroom on the rear seat for tall passengers.

The car that was tested came with the optional sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and power driver’s seat. It costs $26,500, or $3,500 more than the stock Sport model equipped with the six-speed auto, and seems to have really impressed the reviewer, who ended up calling it “the driver’s choice”.


  • LJ

    I have a 2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring and even with the “underpowered” N/A engine and older styling, it’s still a great car. I don’t know why anyone would choose the Camry or Accord over it.

    • #QAnon

      sure you do…resale value

      • LJ

        This is true.

    • SteersUright

      Accord surprisingly not far off on dynamics, is much faster with the bigger engine, and offers more features and interior room. That said, I prefer the Mazda6. I like good handling cars and Im always shocked at how good the driving feel is in any Mazda, even their CUV’s.
      The only reason I haven’t and will not purchase a Mazda, Honda/Acura (Type-R aside), or Toyota/Lexus is because the heart of every performance machine is its charismatic motor, and the engine choices in this category just plain suck. Drone-y 4 cylinders across the board. Nothing with any soul. No thanks.

  • botornot387

    Easily my choice out of the midsize mainstream sedan category. This is a step above its competitors in design, interior, and performance. The refresh just makes it that much better.

  • ace_9

    It looks nice and the prices in US are VERY good.

  • Rocket

    If only they offered us Yanks the wagon. And while I’m dreaming, I might as well request AWD, too.

    • Duane Weaver

      I think most wagons are awful, but the 6 wagon is very attractive.

  • Bash

    Mazda did an excellent job on the Mazda 6, both on exterior and the interior, I would even say that the higher trims surpasses Acura!!

    • ksegg

      A donkey cart powered by a disgruntled mule can surpass Acura in terms of higher quality trim levels.

  • Duane Weaver

    You test drove a Touring. The sunroof is included with the Touring model and is not an option.

  • ksegg

    Mazda 6’s have almost always been a far better choice than an Accord or Camry.

    The problem is……no one ever buys them.

    • ike301

      Both Mazda and Subaru may not crank out the volume that Toyota and Honda do, but they have their dedicated customer base and that’s what matters. I’m on my 5th Mazda and have no intention of buying anything else. I own a 2014 6 and I’ll soon be buying the newer model. It’s also not true that no one ever buys them. If that were so, they would have folded long ago.

  • No Manual Transmission. Bad move.

    • brn

      Yes, they’re missing out on dozens of sales.

      • ike301


  • Paul

    One of the nicer midsize sedans on the market today. It’s a drivers car as well, that’s a plus.

  • brn

    Mazda has long been loved by automotive reviewers. As such, I’ve always test driven the 6, when I’ve been shopping. Unfortunately, I’ve always been disappointed. Either the interior is severely lagging or (usually “and”) the price is just too high for what you get. I’ve always found Ford provides a better car for the money.

    Ford is taking themselves off my list, by not offering sedans. The next time I’m in the market, I’ll drive the 6, but I have to admit my expectations are low.

    Really good looking exterior design though. Always been a good looking car.

  • MorrisGray

    I have a 2006 Mazda3 2.0L 5speed that I bought new and I still enjoy driving it! Problem with Mazda6 is the new 2.5L turbo is not offered with a manual transmission and I would be okay with that since I don’t want a turbo assisted motor BUT why is the Sport the only trim available with the manual transmission and the 2.5L NA motor? The Sport only comes with cloth manually adjusted seats! And there are no options to upgrade or get a sunroof or a spoiler or anything else! That is dumb in my opinion.

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