Mazda makes a lot of great vehicles that customers love, and it’s the same story for car reviewers. The Mazda6 is one of the best sedans on the road today, and it brings everything that Mazda fans want from a car. But, on top of that, it also brings some great performance, according to Consumer Reports.
Great engines all around
In Consumer Reports’ review of the Mazda6, Consumer Reports enjoyed the two engine options that Mazda offered on the car. Consumer Reports said that the standard engine, which is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that generates 187 hp and was lively and responsive to drive. Its acceleration is actually below average, as it goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 9.2 seconds, but despite that, Consumer Reports still liked it.
The upgraded engine, which is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder, gets 227 hp and was overall better in almost every way than the standard engine. Consumer Reports said that this turbocharged four-cylinder was faster, quieter, smoother, and it also made a better noise than the standard engine did.
The fuel economy of the standard engine, which Consumer Reports said was 18 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on highways, and 28 mpg combined, is about average. However, given how well the two engines perform, these two factors combined put the Mazda6 above its competitors overall.
The Mazda6 is fun to drive as well
While power and performance is one thing, handling is another. Very few customers want a car that can go really fast but feels terrible to drive in everyday life. But in terms of handling, Consumer Reports praised the Mazda6 as well.
In fact, Consumer Reports said that the Mazda6 was “among the most engaging midsize sedans to drive.” This is because the Mazda6’s steering response was fast and fluid. Additionally, it wasn’t too fluid, as it does give the driver a little feedback, which Consumer Reports says “conveys precision and control.”
Furthermore, Consumer Reports says that the Mazda6’s suspension system was great, and it provided a smooth and comfortable ride even on bumpy roads. When that fact is combined with other aspects of the car, Consumer Reports said that the Mazda6 was very easy and fun to drive, even during the avoidance maneuver tests that Consumer Reports did.
Additionally, while the Mazda6’s turbocharged engine option is quieter than the standard one, both engines are still very quiet, according to Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports says that there’s little noise inside the Mazda6’s cabin due to that reason. And, in terms of its brakes, the Mazda6’s brakes performed well in both dry and wet conditions. Consumer Reports even said that it felt good to use the brakes.
Other ways the Mazda6 provides a great driving experience
Consumer Reports also says that the way that the Mazda6’s interior is designed provides a better driving experience. For example, the driver is seated in such a way that people of most shapes and sizes can sit comfortably in the Mazda6. The driver seat is also designed and positioned so that it gives the driver as much visibility as a sedan can provide.
On top of that, the interior controls and infotainment features are easy to use, which also improves the driving experience. Not only are those systems positioned in a way that makes them easy to reach, but Mazda also provides voice control features as standard, according to Consumer Reports.
Lastly, the design of the interior itself makes driving in a Mazda6 a good experience. Consumer Reports even says that despite the fact that the Mazda6 starts at just around $24,000, its interior has “an upscale feel.”