2019 Mazda6 Ditches The Six-Speed Manual

If you’re in the market for a mid-sized sedan with a manual transmission, you’ll soon have one less option.

Following reports that the six-speed manual was going to be dropped from the 2019 Mazda6, a spokesperson told Jalopnik “As we have moved the Mazda6 upscale, with the launch of the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature models, we have seen less demand for a manual transmission option.”

As a result, the six-speed manual will no longer be offered on the Mazda6. However, this decision only applies to the US market.

While it’s sad to see another manual bit the dust, the spokesperson did suggest it could eventually return if there is enough demand. They also noted “We continue to support enthusiasts who enjoy driving with a manual transmission in the all-new 2019 Mazda3 Premium Hatchback model and, of course, the ever iconic MX-5 Miata.”

Also Read: We review the Mazda6 Facelift with the 2.5 Turbo

Customers looking for a mainstream, mid-sized manual aren’t entirely out of luck as the Honda Accord is still available with a stick. Unfortunately, that’s about the only option.

Little else is known about the 2019 Mazda6, but CarsDirect says the model will receive additional standard equipment including an i-Activsense suite of driver assistance systems. It will reportedly include automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and an adaptive cruise control system with stop and go. Customers will also find rain-sensing wipers and the G-Vectoring Control Plus system from the 2019 CX-5.

Those are a lot of new features and, unfortunately, they’ll make the 2019 Mazda6 more expensive. Pricing will reportedly start at $24,720 which is $1,875 more than last year’s model.

  • john1168

    Keep the manual but get rid of the 6 speed auto! They need to upgrade their auto’s to 8 or 9 speeds already!

    • Danny Boy

      Agreed! If you wanna move upmarket you can’t only talk the talk, but also walk the walk! Plus it would make what is a great car just that much better in all aspects.

  • Isaac Banaña

    I think that’s kind of their own fault. They know a majority of their customers go for the upper level trims, and they only offered a manual on the base model. As for the Mazda3 (pre-2019MY), the manual was available on all trims with all available options, and people bought those (at least people I know). Basically they’re getting rid of the manual because they didn’t offer it with features people want, which features they only offered with an auto?

  • Giziclown

    Put the 2,5 turbo into Mazda 3.

  • brn

    People who actually buy cars, don’t buy manuals.

    • Socarboy

      Sad but true

    • ksegg

      But I just ordered a new car with 6MT? Does that make me a freak, or an enthusiast that appreciates the few manufacturers who still offer MT’s on new cars.

  • Kash

    What’s next? Are they gonna stop offering brown paint too!?

  • blunt-o

    All cars should have been electric or hybrid by now. What if we all stopped buying ICE cars, and helped save the planet instead of surrendering to our base instincts. And coerce all car companies to do their part in assuring the survival of the planet? Naive? What if it’s the only rational alternative to the coming horror.

  • Kagan

    And İ ditch it

  • Rzrlf

    its aight Mazda 3s still pretty cool

  • blunt-o

    Because they emit less to no CO2 into the air. Or because we’re not already moving to Solar and Wind farms already. Ignorance kills !

  • Yavor

    Tesla gives 8 years warranty on batteries, and I suspect they will most likely last through a life time of a car (at least 10-15y). If not this year, in less than a few years time as the quality improves.

    An average BEV car’s batteries weight what, 400-500kg or so? And I suspect a similar performance ICE engine weighs around 300-400kg? People usually forget pollution caused by manufacturing ICE engines, as well. And spark plugs. And oil filters. And distribution belts. All the stuff that needs to be replaced on a continuous basis, while a BEV does not require any of these.

    Now follow me for this next step, cause you talk about “little” CO2. Get this…

    You literally.
    Fuels. Forever.

    It doesn’t matter how much efficiency you get, you will burn fossil fuels. Forever, never stops.

    It’s a horrible way to get energy. On average most people burn through 60liters of fuel per week or two. 60 freaking liters per week or two. If you take into account an average lifetime of 20 years, at this rate you will have burned through 30-60,000 liters. But wait, engines get worse so you will probably end up burning 40-70k liters.

    Now you’re going to sit there, be a keyboard warrior, and tell me that if I make a 500kg battery back, and put up 5 solar panels for 20 years, that will make MORE CO2 than 70k liters alone? Just the fuel alone.

    How many millions of people die from air pollution in the world every year?

    How much more CO2 can you filter in factories, rather than in your car?

    Jesus get a brain.

  • Yavor

    “Global warming emissions from manufacturing”

    It was in the first link.

    But I see you are just a troll, nevermind then.

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