Driving the 2020 Mazda6
The 6 might be easy to overlook because of competitors like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Still, this Mazda’s driving dynamics make it more interesting than you might think. There are two engine choices for the 6, and both are satisfying.
After revisions, the Mazda6 is significantly more comfortable and quiet while retaining much of its driving exuberance that distinguishes it from its midsized sedan competition. This updated 6 feels more expensive than it is.Consumer Reports
Reviewers at U.S. News gave the 2020 Mazda6 an 8.2/10 for performance. Generally speaking, U.S. News reviewers felt that the 6 lived up to Mazda’s athletic reputation. Most drivers will be happy with the standard 187-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder featured on the Sport and Touring trims. While the base engine is pleasing, some drivers will require more power.
For a noticeably quicker experience, you’ll want to consider the available turbocharged four-cylinder found on the upper-level trims. The turbo-four makes 227 or 250-hp, based on the fuel you select, as U.S. News highlights. The base engine has a fuel economy rating of 29 mpg; the turbocharged option sacrifices fuel economy by three points. No matter which one you choose, a six-speed automatic transmission is standard.
On the inside
In addition to its zippy performance, the interior of the 6 also makes it feel upscale. Its car cabin is welcoming and accommodating, and it gets more luxurious as you climb trim levels. This Mazda seats up to five and comes with cloth upholstery. If you’d like, you can opt for faux leather or genuine leather seats. Additional amenities include heated and cooled seats, plus a heated steering wheel.
For the most part, the 6 pleases when it comes to in-car electronics too. It comes with features including an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available as upgrades.
One thing to be aware of here is that its touchscreen is only usable when stopped. When you’re in drive, the infotainment is accessible through a primary knob. The setup may take you some time to get used too, but it’s not a significant drawback.
The 6 also comes with a suite of active safety features. These include automatic emergency braking and rear cross-traffic alert. There are a few upgrades available, too, including front and rear parking sensors.
The final verdict
Overall, the 6 has proved to be a great car. Mazda made significant improvements to this midsize sedan, which contributes to its excellent ratings. The 2020 Mazda6 is Top Safety Pick+, which the IIHS only awards to select vehicles each year. Additionally, the 6 is a recommended choice by Consumer Reports. Based on user data, CR gave the 6 above-average ratings for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.