Mazda 6 Pros & Cons
- Efficient handling
- Competitive fuel economy
- Comfortable and premium-looking cabin
- Ride can be stiff
- Exterior styling might not be for everyone
- Acceleration could be better
The Mazda 6 is a midsize sedan that has been in production since 2002. Currently on its third generation, the nameplate has been refreshed for its 2019 model year. The 6 is a product of Mazda Motor Corporation, a Japanese multinational manufacturer of a comprehensive lineup of motorized vehicle. The company is present in more than 130 countries.
The 2019 Mazda 6 is offered locally in two body styles – Sedan and Sports Wagon. There are also two trims to choose from. One is the SkyActiv-D 2.2 AT, which uses a 2.2-liter in-line, four-cylinder DOHC, 16-valve diesel engine paired with Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. This power mill can generate a maximum output of 190 Ps at 4,500 Nm and a peak torque of 450 Nm at 2,000 rpm.
The second variant is the Skyactiv-G 2.5, which runs on a larger 2.5-liter petrol version of the same engine attached to a Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode. The vehicle generates a maximum output of 190 Ps at 6,000 rpm in the sedan version and 187 Ps at 5,700 rpm in wagon. Peak torque is registered as 252 Nm at 4,000 rpm in sedan and 250 Nm at 3,250 rpm in wagon.
SkyActiv-D 2.2 AT and SkyActiv-G 2.5 AT carry a suggested retail price of PhP2.25 million and PhP1.93 million, respectively. For braking, all units use ventilated discs up front and solid discs at the rear. Meanwhile, suspension setup involves a combination of MacPherson Strut on the front and Multi-Link at the rear.
The Mazda 6 comes outfitted with six airbags, including front and side airbags for driver and passenger, and curtain airbags. Standard safety features available include anti-lock braking system, dynamic stability control, parking sensors, and i-STOP Idling Stop System. Some trims are also equipped with i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.
The Mazda 6 has proven to be one nimble sedan. Handling is precise and responsive, thanks to a well-balanced chassis. It is also able to take corners rather well. Overall ride quality is decent, although some might find it a bit stiff due to the sports-calibrated suspension. While the engine is powerful enough, it slightly falls behind acceleration compared to rival cars in its segment.
The Mazda 6's fuel economy is competitive enough at 26 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 35 mpg on highways.
The Mazda 6 Sedan measures 4,870mm in length, 1,840mm in width, and 1,450mm in height. The Sports Wagon variant is slightly shorter at 4,805mm but higher at 1,480mm. Wheelbase stands at 2,830mm on the Sedan and 2,750mm on the Sports Wagon.
As far as exterior styling goes, the 2019 iteration of the Mazda 6 remains faithful to the animal-inspired Kodo design language. The model sports a new front grille with chrome wings, making it look even more dominating. Flanking the grille are longer and narrower headlights that now come with integrated fog lights. Another new element to the 6's front fascia are the horizontal chrome lines on the corners of the bumper.
From the sides, the use of body color on the power adjustable and power folding side mirrors and handles give the car a cohesive look, while the chrome frame that surrounds the windows gives it a sleek look.
A horizontal chrome line makes an appearance at the rear as well, running the entire width of the trunk cover just below the Mazda logo. Twin exhaust tail pipes and thin rear combination lamps give off a sporty vibe.
The Mazda 6 runs on 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45R19 tires. It is available in the following color options: Black, White, Silver, Gray, Red, and Blue.
The Mazda 6's cabin looks just as premium as its exterior. Comfortable seats, which come in leather upholstery, welcome up to five passengers. The driver gets an eight-way adjustable seat with power lumbar support, while the front passenger enjoys a six-way power adjustable seat. The rear seat row folds and splits 60:40 an has a center armrest. Automatic dual-zone climate control and rear ventilation louvers ensure passenger comfort.
The three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel has integrated controls for audio, Bluetooth and cruise control, as well as paddle shifters. This model features a minimalist-looking but neatly-styled dashboard. Behind the steering wheel is a seven-inch multi-info and gauge display that provides important vehicle and navigation data. It also offers a few driver-assist features such as push start/stop button, time adjustable wipers with rain sensors, and a rear view camera. At the center of the dashboard is an eight-inch touchscreen LCD monitor that serves as interface for the car's infotainment system. It offers radio, CD, DVD and Bluetooth support, as well as two USB ports and an AUX-in slot. For the passenger's enjoyment, the Mazda 6 is outfitted with an 11-speaker BOSE Sound System.