2020 Mazda 6

MSRP $24,000

Ranked #10 in Midsize Sedan

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2020 Mazda 6 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With a major redesign in 2018, the Mazda 6 quickly climbed up the ranks to become the enthusiast’s pick in its segment. It is one of the prettiest pieces of metal in its segment while also being a scalpel under disguise. It is genuinely something to experience, the way the Mazda 6 changes direction, sheer deception. For the 2020 MY, Mazda has been rather restrained with the changes they have brought to the table, and to be honest, most changes wouldn’t impact the ownership experience at all.

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Pros

Surprisingly planted and agile

Remarkable fit and finish

A plethora of standard features

Cons

Noticeable brake fade

Cramped rear bench

What's New?

No major changes for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

152 cu.in.

horsepower

187 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

186 ft-lb. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.7/10.9 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111.4 in.

length

192.7 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

3437 lbs.

ground clearance

6.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

1036 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/30/35 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$24,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Mazda 6 in Deep Crystal Blue color
Deep Crystal Blue

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The Mazda 6 has been bestowed with a newer key fob design for 2020 that looks suspiciously like a Volvo key. Yes, the new fob design is leaps and bounds better than the older model and comes off as much more modern, but it isn’t going to be a deciding factor. The Signature variant also now gets a distinctive trunk lid badging, which does look sharp but is more or less a novelty. As we step into its 2020 MY, is the Mazda still worthy of being called the enthusiast’s choice in the segment even though many rivals have also pulled up their socks? Well, let’s jump in and find out.

2020 Mazda 6
2020 Mazda 6

7.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Mazda 6 Features

7.5/10

The 2020 Mazda 6 is offered in five different trims which do help one find a Mazda 6 that fits their exact budget. Although the lower trims do miss out on certain nice-to-have features, they aren’t sparse by any means. The Mazda 6 can be had in the following five trims namely: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature, with the top trip topping out at a reasonable $35-36k price tag. The fact that all of the safety tech on the Mazda is standard across the range is a neat touch and should help rope in even more consumers.

Trims

Sport

Touring

Grand Touring

Grand Touring Reserve

Signature

MSRP (FWD)

$24,100

$26,700

$29,800

$32,300

$35,400

Key Key Features

LED headlights with auto-leveling and auto-off

All the features in Sport added or replaced and:

All the features in Touring added or replaced and:

All the features in Grand Touring added or replaced and:

All the features in Grand Touring Reserve added or replaced and:

 

Rain Sensing windshield wipers

Leatherette trimmed sport seats

Auto-dimming drivers exterior side mirror

Rear Decklid Spoiler

Nappa leather-trimmed sport seats

 

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

Leather-trimmed sport seats

Mazda Navigation system

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

6-Way power driver’s seat

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

8-way power driver’s seat

SiriusXM 3-year Traffic and Travel Link Subscription

 

60/40 split-fold rear seats

3-level Heated Front seats

Paddle Shifters

6-way power front passenger seat

Front and rear parking sensors

 

Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Bose Surround Sound Audio System

Adaptive Front-lighting system

 

Which trim should you buy?

Although most of the trims on offer are arguably more than worthy of their price tags, the Grand Touring trim with the 2.5 L Turbocharged engine does stand out as being a remarkably good deal to us. The Grand Touring manages to get most of the essential as well as convenience features that one would want but still manages to save about 5 grand from the top trim, which is decent savings. Yes, the upper trims do have some niceties in the form of electronic seat adjustments and exterior garnishes, the Grand Touring still offers unmatched value.

2020 Mazda 6 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2020 Mazda 6 makes do with a singular engine, but the higher-up variants do get a different state of tune and a very sneaky turbocharger installed. In its base form, the 2.5 L 4 pot engine pushes out a humble 187 hp and 186 lb-ft. of torque that is just about adequate for this chassis, but you would feel a lack of oomph from the entire setup. The turbocharged setup, on the other hand, dishes out a very healthy 250 bhp and 310 lb-ft. of torque, which does put in a significant spring in the Mazda 6’s step, which genuinely makes it a fun car to chuck around. The added torque especially, on the lower end of the spectrum, is commendable.

With a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds without the turbocharger, the Mazda crushes its competition when it comes to being athletic, and if you are to believe us, we would argue that the Mazda for some reason feels even faster when you are behind the wheel! Both these engine setups come mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which does its job rather well, but the omission of the much loved manual option which was dropped from the line-up last year still does hurt a teeny bit.

Models

2020 Mazda 6 Sport

2020 Honda Accord LX

2020 Ford Fusion S

2020 Chevrolet Malibu LS

MSRP

$24,100

$23,870

$23,170

$23,220

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

1.5L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

CVT 

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

Power 

187hp@6,000rpm

192hp@5,500rpm

175hp@6,000rpm

163hp@5,700rpm

Torque

186lb-ft@4,000rpm

192lb-ft@1,600rpm

175lb-ft@4,500rpm

184lb-ft@2,500rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.1

7.6

8.9

8.5

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.1

15.9

15.2

16.0

Top Speed (MPH)

135

121

N/A

N/A

Even without the turbocharger onboard, the Mazda manages to annihilate all of its competition when it comes to showing off its performance. The Mazda is closely trailed by the Honda Accord, but with that CVT on board, please wish away any sort of sportiness from the Honda. When it comes to comparing the power and torque output, the Honda Accord offers the most at 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque.

How well does the 2020 Mazda 6 handle?

The Mazda 6 has long been the king of the segment when it comes to pleasing the enthusiasts, and even in 2020, we fail to find a vehicle that rewards the driver in a way that the Mazda does. The Mazda 6 offers some supremely sharp handling with excellent steering feedback, something that is absent in most modern vehicles. The body roll is almost negligible, and when coupled with the praise-worthy adaptive suspension, the Mazda 6 can even come out to be a comfortable cruiser when you want it to be.

The G-Vector Control Plus tech deserves a special mention when going canyon carving, as the Mazda plays with its power and torque output (coupled with brakes) when attacking corners to prevent you from overshooting a corner, although the system sounds intrusive, it is one of the most intuitive setups that we have ever come across. All in all, the sedan manages to offer impressive handling and driving capability, which is missing from the rivals in the segment. 

Braking Performance

With all the go fast and tight wizardry under the hood, braking on the Mazda is one aspect that could certainly be improved upon. Yes, the brakes aren’t bad per se, but when you look at it from a holistic approach, you do tend to find a couple of misdemeanors throughout the setup. We do believe that the Mazda could do with a tad more bite from its setup as it is quite easy to do irresponsible speeds on it. The smaller 11,7 and 10.9-inch rotors feel inconsistent with times. When driving around the Mazda the way a sedan is supposed to be, we believe the brakes would perform more than adequately, but the fact that they tend to fade out rather quickly when braking heavily is something that can be worked upon.

Models

2020 Mazda 6 Sport

2020 Honda Accord LX

2020 Ford Fusion S

2020 Chevrolet Malibu LS

Brake Rotors: Front (in)

11.7

11.5

11.8

11.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (in)

10.9

11.1

11.9

11.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

3437

3131

3472

3135

60-0 MPH (feet)

127

120

122

113

The brakes on the Malibu do take the cake away from the competition, but the Mazda can do with some polishing on this end. Not only do the brakes fade away rather easily, even when not faded, the Mazda takes the longest distance to come to a halt which is a little concerning. The Chevrolet Malibu, weighing 3,135 lbs, takes the least distance of 113 feet to reach a halt from 60 mph.

2020 Mazda 6 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

With EPA estimates to be around 26 MPG in the city and 35 MPG out on the highway, it becomes clear that the Mazda 6 does strike a great balance when it comes to efficiency and performance. Although it isn’t the most fuel-efficient of the bunch, the smart cylinder deactivation tech does seem to do its job pretty well. With a pretty decently sized fuel tank on offer, the Mazda does perform well when it comes to long-distance trips too as it does require fewer gas station stops.

Models

2020 Mazda 6 Sport

2020 Honda Accord LX

2020 Ford Fusion S

2020 Chevrolet Malibu LS

MPG (City)

26

30 

21 

29 

MPG (Highway)

35 

38 

31 

36 

MPG (Combined)

29 

33 

24 

32 

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

16.4

14.8

16.5

15.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles) 

426/574/475

444/562/488

347/512/396

458/569/505

The Mazda falls in the middle of the pack when it comes to EPA estimates, and we are more than happy with the numbers that it produces. One has to realize that the Mazda offers a significant increase in performance when compared to its rivals while also feeling the sportiest, thus the small cost that is incurred in the form of a relatively lower economy is something that we feel is a trade-off that's worth it.

2020 Mazda 6 Interior

8.5/10

The Mazda unarguably in our opinion offers the best interior experience in its segment by a significant margin, and we are ready to fight anybody that says otherwise. In a segment that is razor-focused on providing an interior built to a budget and one that offers a more durable nature, Mazda opts to go for one of the more premium setups. We wouldn’t be surprised if a potential customer mistook the Mazda’s interior from something out of Deutschland, it is just that good.

The interiors are slathered with soft-touch surfaces and healthy use of metal and leather, while the seats on offer provide supreme support to the passengers which is crucial when taking the Mazda for a spirited drive. Yes, the rear could do with a tad bit more room, but it is still nothing to scoff at. The overall design and layout are extremely classy to look at, and we bet our money on the fact that the interior of the Mazda is going to age the best out of the bunch too.

Models

2020 Mazda 6 Sport

2020 Honda Accord LX

2020 Ford Fusion S

2020 Chevrolet Malibu LS

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.4/55.9/42.2

39.5/58.3/42.3

39.2/57.8/44.3

40.1/58.5/45.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/55.1/38.7

37.3/56.5/40.4

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.5/57.1/38.1

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

14.7

16.7

16.0

15.8

The Mazda loses out to its competition when it comes to the cargo space as it is genuinely the stingiest of the bunch. The Accord could be a reasonable option if hauling luggage is a priority, but the compromise one would have to make with driving dynamics is definitely not proportional. All the cars in the competition come with a seating capacity of 5, which is the segment’s standard. Some of the notable interior features on the Mazda that could make it enticing are also as follows:

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate control with pollen filter
  • Nappa leather-trimmed sport seats
  • Sen wood door and dashboard trim inserts
  • 8-Way power driver’s seat and 6-way power front passenger seat
  • 8-inch infotainment display
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Paddle Shifters
  • Frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 8-inch Infotainment Display on the 2020 Mazda 6 has a close resemblance to the systems that we see in Audi’s and BMW’s, at least from its outlook. One would find a recognizable rotary dial on the inside that does work great in its operation and makes that user interface feel fluid and intuitive. Although we would have preferred touch input instead, it would be a lie if we state that we don’t enjoy maneuvering about using the rotary as well.

With the added touch of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay being on offer, it becomes a no-brainer that the Mazda offers an overall great AV experience especially with its 11 speaker Bose audio system that could pretty much be the best in its class. Apart from all this, many basic tech necessities are also taken care of. Some of the most notable infotainment features are mentioned below:

  • Mazda Navigation System
  • Bose Centerpoint2 Surround Audio System with11-Speakers
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 8-inch Mazda Connect Infotainment system
  • Third-party Radio integration

2020 Mazda 6 Exterior

8.0/10

The 2020 Mazda 6 carries forward the redesign that was featured just a couple of years prior, and we are completely fine with it. In our humble opinion, the exterior is one of the strong points of the Mazda 6, and the modern design cues that Mazda has sprinkled throughout the design still look fresh. The wrap-around design looks visually impressive, and the overall silhouette of the vehicle is pretty much the best in its class. The sleek chrome treatment and the imposing grille on the front do give the Mazda a purposeful stance and help it stand out amongst the crowd.

Models

2020 Mazda 6 Sport

2020 Honda Accord LX

2020 Ford Fusion S

2020 Chevrolet Malibu LS

Curb Weight (lbs)

3437

3131

3472

3135

Length (in)

192.7

192.2

191.8

193.8

Width (in) 

72.4

73.3

72.9

73

Height (in)

57.1

57.1

58.2

57.6

Ground Clearance (in)

6.5

5.1

4.0

4.6

Wheelbase (in) 

111.4

111.4

112.2

111.4

Even though the Mazda 6 has the largest footprint of the lot, it is the Accord that more or less comes out to be the space management champion as it offers the most space on the inside. The lightweight nature of its build also does give it an edge over its competitors when it comes to efficiency. When comparing the wheelbase, all the sedans stand pretty close to each other. Some of the key exterior features that make the Mazda 6 stand out are as follows:

  • Rear Decklid spoiler
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • LED DRLs
  • LED Auto On/Off Headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Powered Moonroof
  • Chrome tip dual exhaust

2020 Mazda 6 Safety

7.0/10

It isn’t even a question that the 2020 Mazda 6 is one of the safest vehicles on road right now as the NHTSA has awarded it a perfect 5 out of 5-star rating while the IIHS has bestowed it with their top honors in the form of the Top Safety Pick+ award. The Mazda 6 manages to outdo its competition with great safety tech on board, and for anybody looking for a vehicle that doesn’t compromise in any sense of the word, the Mazda 6 is pretty much the answer. Some of its more notable safety features include:

  • 6-Dual stage airbags
  • 360-degree view monitor
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors
  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Departure Prevention
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Blind Spot Detection

2020 Mazda 6 Competition

7.0/10

2020 Mazda 6 vs 2020 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is undoubtedly the champ of the segment, especially when sales numbers are concerned, and trying to topple it off its throne is no easy task. When looking at both these products, one soon realizes that the manufacturer had completely different products in mind when going about the research and development. We still stand by the fact that the Mazda 6 is definitely going to be the enthusiasts’ choice as it offers a significantly better powertrain and handling setup in contrast to the Accord, but the Accord takes it away when it comes to passenger comfort and overall practicality, which could arguably make it a better family car.

2020 Mazda 6 vs 2020 Ford Fusion

Although the Ford Fusion does offer a healthy amount of space and features on the inside, the Mazda is an outright winner out of the two as it offers a more sophisticated looking and feeling interior while also being more agile and fuel-efficient which doesn’t leave a whole lot in the Fusion's corner to boast about. The only reason to go ahead with the Fusion would be your loyalty to Ford's vehicle, which we don't think should become the reason for you to choose the Ford Fusion over Mazda 6.

2020 Mazda 6 vs 2020 Chevrolet Malibu

Although the Chevrolet Malibu is quite the looker, underperforming on the powertrain front does make its overall proposition quite a weak one and thereby handing over the Mazda a significant lead. It is tough to find reasons why one would opt for the Malibu in the presence of the Mazda 6, but who knows, for some, the Malibu could have the upper hand, at least when it comes to the exterior design. However, for us, the 2020 Mazda 6 makes more sense between the two.

2020 Mazda 6 Final Verdict

The 2020 Mazda 6 is hands down our pick of the segment period. No other vehicle can even come close to offering the kind of blend and balance that the Mazda offers, which makes it quite a find. The Mazda sure has softened up a bit as times have gone by to appeal to an even broader audience, but the essence of the enthusiast still runs through and through. The revamped interior also deserves a special mention as we are yet to find a person that favors a competitor's interior over the Mazda, and that is something to boast about! 

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