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Mazda 6

Base MSRP range

$23,800 – $35,100

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder is responsive and delivered 28 mpg overall in our tests. The uplevel turbocharged engine makes the 6 quieter and much quicker. We found the 6 to be agile and capable in the corners, with sharp steering and composed suspension. The ride is pliant and controlled, effectively absorbing bumps. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are available. A full suite of advanced safety features is standard across all trim lines.

The Mazda 6 is more than an ordinary mid-size family sedan, offering style, a fun-to-drive nature, and value. Its chiseled body and attractive cabin are of a quality you’d expect from much pricier cars, and its fantastic chassis delivers the kind of driving experience you’d normally expect only from an expensive sports sedan. Taken together, those traits create an extraordinary blend of upscale ambience and unsurpassed dynamics; yet the Mazda 6 is surprisingly affordable. Shopping for a Mazda is free of individual options. Instead, Mazda requires shoppers to select higher trim levels to add features they want. The Mazda 6 won’t win many objective comparisons with its competitors, since it’s not the quickest, thriftiest, or tech-savviest. But this marvelous sedan transcends the numbers and targets the senses better than its “mainstream mid-size family car” classification implies.

What’s New for 2020?

Changes are modest this year, including a new key fob and a trunklid badge for the top Signature model. But that’s to be expected, since the Mazda 6 has benefited from three makeovers over the past six model years. The most recent came in the 2018 model year, when it added a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that slotted in above the standard naturally aspirated engine of the same displacement. The turbo engine, which features cylinder deactivation to enhance fuel economy and adds slightly more horsepower and torque, is still an option for 2020. Special badging for the top-of-the-line Signature model is also new this year. That model has leather, real wood trim, and an extensive list of standard features.