Slotting above the compact Mazda3, the 2018 Mazda 6 is a front-drive midsize car and is currently the largest sedan Mazda offers.
One engine is available in the 2018 Mazda6, a 2.5-liter I-4 rated at 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Sport and Touring trims while a six-speed automatic is optional on the lower grade models and standard on the range-topping Grand Touring variant. Although the EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2018 model have yet to be released, the 2016 model is rated at 25/37 mpg city/highway with the manual or 26/38 mpg with the automatic. Opt for the Premium package in the Grand Touring trim, which comes with the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system, and the Mazda6’s fuel economy rating increases to 28/40 mpg, making it one of the most fuel efficient midsize sedans available. Trunk space is generous at 14.8 cubic feet and it can be expanded via the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats.
Available features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, leather upholstery, navigation with a seven-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, a head-up display, keyless entry/start, a Bose premium audio system, 19-inch alloy wheels on Touring and Grand touring trims, LED headlights and fog lights, a power adjustable driver’s seat with memory, and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.
The NHTSA gave the 2018 Mazda6 a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the car was awarded the Top Safety Pick+ award after it received a Good score on all crash tests (Good is the highest possible score) and a Superior rating in the front crash prevention and mitigation test when it avoided a 12-mph collision and reduced the severity of a 25-mph impact by 24 mph. In the new headlight safety test, the Mazda6 received an Acceptable rating when equipped with the optional LED headlights and Marginal with the standard halogen headlights. The i-ActivSense safety suite, which is available in the Touring and Grand Touring trims, adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and high beam assist.