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The 2016 Mazda6 Is the Version That Stands Out

For a car that’s notably practical and entertaining to drive, the Mazda6 makes a whole lot of sense. The current Mazda6 is ahead of the pack when it comes to technology. But even so, the 2016 version is the one that stands out. 

First, what it’s like to drive the 2016 Mazda6

a white mazda6 at speed on a scenic road against a mountainous backdrop
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The Mazda6 competes in the midsize sedan class against best-sellers like the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. What separates the Mazda6 from rivals like these is its sporty driving dynamics. So, if you’re looking to spice up your everyday rides, the 6 might be the one for you.

For 2016, reviewers like Car and Driver and  Consumer Reports especially recognize the Mazda6 for its attractive style and responsive handling. The Mazda6 gets its power from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184-hp. Most versions will have the available six-speed automatic transmission. However, some enthusiasts will want to shop for models with the six-speed manual. The only downside to this car’s performance is that it can feel stiff at times.

The Mazda6 is pretty quick for the class and can easily go from 0-to-60 mph in under eight seconds. Fuel economy is also a major highlight of the 6. In CR’s road test, the 6 returned 32 mpg overall. 

But the 6 isn’t all about flash. Fuel economy is class-leading at 32 mpg overall thanks to the automaker’s SkyActiv suite of fuel-saving engine and weight-reduction technologies. That’s better than many small sedans. Acceleration doesn’t suffer for fuel economy, with the 6 returning slightly-above average figures.

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Creature comforts 

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Depending on your preference and budget, you can get a 2016 Mazda6 that’s as upscale as an actual luxury car. The Mazda6 can accommodate up to five passengers, and its seats are plush. It came standard with cloth upholstery; some models will have faux leather or genuine leather seats. One flaw to be aware of here is that the Mazda6’s cabin isn’t as quiet as you might hope. 

The 2016 Mazda6 also offers some desirable in-car tech. Standard models will have features such as Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary port, and a six-speaker stereo. For more tech, you can scout for models with upgraded infotainment features, including a 7-inch touchscreen and a hands-free texting function. Some models will also have advanced safety equipment, including blind-spot detection and forward-collision warning.

But what makes this Mazda such a standout?

MAZDA6 SEDAN on display at Brussels Expo
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The 2016 Mazda6’s overall performance makes it an excellent option. Nevertheless, its predicted reliability score is what truly makes it a standout. Based on its research and membership data, CR gave the 2016 Mazda6 a perfect, five out of five rating for reliability. This is the only version to receive such high marks.

Overall, the 2016 Mazda6 has proven to be a dependable car. This car has low ownership costs, and there are no significant problems associated with the model. You can find a 2016 Mazda6 for below $13K, depending on mileage. For an upgraded version, expect to pay around $17K.