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2016 Mazda Mazda6 Exterior

2016 Mazda Mazda6 Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Major refresh for the 2016 model year
  • New front styling and added technology
  • Three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring
Back with new styling and an updated interior, the sporty 2016 Mazda Mazda6 gets its first refresh since its complete redesign back in 2014.

Exterior updates are subtle and slightly modify the Mazda6’s already handsome face rather than change it wholesale. The front grille and fascia have been updated and will look familiar, with added creases and more chrome on Touring/Grand Touring models. The optional LED running lights also get a new design and a new full LED setup is optional.  Standard exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels and LED taillights.

Under the hood there is still only one engine option in the United States (a Mazda6 with a diesel is sold abroad). The 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes from Mazda’s SkyActiv family of engines and makes 185 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a standard six-speed manual or an available six-speed automatic. SkyActiv engines feature direct injection and very high compression ratios for increased efficiency and responsiveness. Fuel economy estimates with the manual transmission are 25/37 mpg city/highway, while the automatic bumps those up to 26/38 mpg. An optional efficiency package adds available only on GT models adds a mild-hybrid i-ELOOP system that bumps fuel economy up to 28/40 mpg, which leads the segment.

Moving inside, the Mazda6 adds the Mazda Connect system, which features a seven-inch touchscreen mounted high on the center console that is controlled by a knob located near the gear lever between the front seats. The dashboard has been updated to account for these additions, first seen in the Mazda3. Mazda Connect also adds HD radio, internet radio via a connected smartphone, and voice command capability; it is standard on Sport models with the automatic transmission and higher trim levels. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, air conditioning, push button start, cloth upholstery, and cruise control. Also available are leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, powered/heated front seats, and a Bose surround sound speaker system.

The Mazda6 earned a full five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA, their highest possible distinction. Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control. There is also plenty of available safety technology as well, including a Smart City Brake Support system which helps prevent forward collisions at low speeds, lane departure warnings, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 25 - 26 MPG
  • Highway: 37 - 38 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

44 of 46 (95%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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