The 2018 Mazda 6 missions are more than just a family-sedan task. It has a competitive fuel economy and a large interior, but more than that, it adds an upscale design and focuses on driving comfort. The Mazda 6 sedan has been offering this attribute for some time now, but Mazda is increasing as other top automakers try the same approach.
For 2018, the Mazda 6 gets a lot of improvements, with refinements in its look, feel and drive. The new grille and standard LED headlights highlight the exterior changes, and inside the cabin the changes are clear. The restyle dashboard and climate controls give it a more luxurious look. The seats have also been redesigned for better comfort and higher quality materials give the Mazda 6 a luxurious feel. And the new optional turbocharged engine complements the the Mazda 6 already sharp handling.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Mazda 6 is a five-passenger midsize sedan that available in Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels.
Standard equipment for the Sport trim includes 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, push-button start, non-illuminated vanity mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, an 8-inch entertainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system and one USB port.
The optional i-Activsense package provides advanced safety and driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.
The 2018 Mazda 6 Touring trim includes the i-Activsense package plus proximity keyless entry, 19-inch wheels, automatic high-beams, automatic wipers, a sunroof, illuminated vanity mirrors, a power-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, rear vents and a center armrest with two USB charging ports.
The Grand Touring gets a turbocharged engine, navigation and an 11-speaker stereo with satellite radio.
The Grand Touring Reserve adds upgraded LED lighting, a rear spoiler, a heated steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seat, leather upholstery and heated rear seat. Above the gauge cluster sits a transparent panel that works like a head-up display, showing information such as current speed and traffic signs. It also has adaptive front lighting, which turns the low beams in conjunction with the steering wheel to improve visibility at night.
The 2018 Mazda 6 Signature include everything above along with a gunmetal front grille, front and rear parking sensors, higher-quality interior such as a frameless rearview mirror, upgraded leather, microfiber suede, wood, LED interior lighting, digital gauge cluster and a surround-view camera system.
The 2018 Mazda 6 Sport and Touring models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and sends power to the front wheels. A six-speed automatic is available as an option. Also standard this year is a cylinder deactivation technology to improve fuel economy.
In performance testing, the 2018 Mazda 6 with the automatic transmission accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, which is quick for the class. The manual need 8.1 seconds to reach 60 mph. EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 27 mpg combined (24 city/33 highway) for the manual and 29 mpg combined (26 city/35 highway) with the automatic.
Standard on the Grand Touring, Reserve and Signature is a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It only available with a six-speed automatic transmission. In performance testing, the 2018 Mazda 6 Signature went to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy at 26 mpg combined (23 city/31 highway).
The 2018 Mazda 6 offers an interior that exceeds expectations for midsize family sedan class. The overall cabin design is very modern, and material quality is excellent. Even simulated leather in the Touring trim is very convincing. The front seats provide good support and remain comfortable for long trips, although larger passengers may find them somewhat cramped. The rear seats are also comfortable, with plenty of headroom and legroom for taller adult passengers.
One of the favorite features in the 2018 Mazda 6 is the Mazda Connect infotainment system. It has a central dial controller and a large tablet-like screen similar to that found in many luxury branded vehicles. It’s very easy to use thanks to a clearly legible and intuitive menu, which helps to keep the driver attention on the road. The display also acts as a touchscreen, but only when the car is stationary.
The storage space for personal items is adequate but not generous, with medium-sized pockets and bins. Similarly to the cargo space, it only provides 14.8 cubic feet, which is slightly smaller than the average for the class. Luckily, the trunk opening is wide, and remote seatback release levers further simplify loading large objects.
Release dates and price
Official price for the entry-level Mazda 6 Sport start at $22,840 (include destination fee). The Touring trim is the next step up and is priced at $26,590. The Grand Touring trim costs $30,090 and is the most affordable way to get the new turbocharged engine. The Grand Touring Reserve trim is priced at $32,590, while the new Signature model carries a price tag of $35,640.