The 2013 Mazda 6 earns a below average Total Car Score for the Midsize Sedans & Wagons segment.
The Mazda 6 has been successful in building a reputation as the sporty alternative to the average family sedan. And although Mazda will be introducing an all-new Mazda 6 next year, reviewers still have plenty of nice things to say about the 2013 model.
The Mazda 6 is a fun to drive, sporty sedan. The i trims come with the four-cylinder engine, while the s trims get the V6. The four-cylinder is available with a manual transmission for drivers wanting to take advantage of the sporty chassis in the Mazda 6. It doesn’t provide huge amounts of power, but reviewers tend to agree that it’s capable enough.
The V6 engine is preferred, with reviewers noting the nice low-end torque that delivers a powerful feeling of acceleration. But with that praise comes some negative opinions on the fuel economy, with the V6 only returning 21 mpg combined. Even the four-cylinder returns a fairly modest 24-25 mpg combined.
The Mazda 6 interior complements its sporty drive. Reviewers say it offers a modern feel, with the high driving position delivering a great view of the road. The seats are comfortable and the rear seats are spacious. The trunk is very large, offering some of the best cargo capacity in its class.
The 2013 Mazda 6 is relatively unchanged, with an all-new model set to debut next year.
The 2013 Mazda 6 is a five-passenger midsize sedan available in five models.
The i models come in four trims; iSport, iTouring, iTouring Plus and iGrand Touring. Each is paired with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. The iSport comes with a six-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic transmission is optional on the iSport and standard on all other i models.
The sGrand Touring is the only model with a 3.7-liter V6, producing 272 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission offered is a six-speed automatic.
Standard equipment across the model line includes power windows and door locks, keyless entry and a tilt/telescope steering column. All except the iSport come standard with Bluetooth, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an 8-way power driver’s seat, a sliding center armrest console and halogen fog lights. Both Grand Touring trims come standard with a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, heated leather front seats, and a Bose 10-speaker sound system with six-disc in-dash CD changer.
The iSport comes with 16-inch wheels. The iTouring moves up to 17-inch alloy wheels. The iTouring Plus and both Grand Touring trims come with 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Fuel economy for the 2013 Mazda 6 is rated by the EPA at 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined with manual transmission and 21/30/25 with the automatic. The V6 gets a less impressive 18/27/21 mpg.
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