2018 Mazda 6

Let me start by saying I love Mazda.  I love the brand, the vehicles they make and what they stand for.  Mazda’s design team does an incredible job making beautiful machines for the mass market to enjoy, and they drive very well.  Even their interiors are punching far above their class, and deserve every award they get.  The 2018 Mazda 6 is right up there with the best of them.

With that all said, there is a bit missing from Mazda.  While I appreciate what they do for their cars, they need a performance car.  Mazda’s new slogan is “Driving Matters” which is pretty in tune with what the brands cars and SUV’s project.  However, a brand that makes vehicles that look the way Mazda’s do, and with a slogan like “Driving Matters”, it is a shame the most HP you can get from the factory is 227 HP from the CX-9.  I think I definitely speak for everyone when I say: We need to see a powerful Mazda.

The 2018 Mazda 6 will be a fantastic car, but will not fill the performance car gap.  It might be another year or more before we see the elusive MazdaSpeed 6.

The Exterior:

2018 Mazda 6

The exterior will stay unchanged through the 2018 model year, which is totally fine.  The Mazda 6 is one of the best looking sedans on the market, especially at its price point.  A number of sources point to Mazda creating a Mazda 6 coupe or four door coupe, but this is largely speculation.  However, Mazda is continuing to move toward a more premium line up and offer more luxuries than ever.  This transition could cue in a number of new models that may include the Mazda 6 coupe.

The model that is definitely coming though is great looking without a doubt.  They did a fantastic job when it came out, and it looks great now.  They have active daytime LED’s that stretch across the lower portion of the grille which looks on par with the Mercedes illuminated star grille.  It is a lovely sedan from every angle and one of the best looking Mazda’s ever.

2018 Mazda 6

From the rear, the 2018 Mazda 6 is just as lovely to look at.  Dual tips always look great, the stance is dynamic and the roof line is just cool.  Even though the Mazda 6 has a 184 HP output, it is delivered like 240.  Just one more photo before we move into the interior to really show what I mean:

2018 mazda 6


The Interior:

2018 Mazda 6 interior

The interior of the 2018 Mazda 6 is one of the best looking interiors you can get for the money.  Yes it has the iPad on the dash, but everything is intelligently laid out and well thought out.  The steering wheel is very comfortable to hold, the plastics don’t feel cheap and it can easily be mistaken for a much high-end vehicle.  Plus, the cabin is very spacious.   all this style plus luxurious like heated seats, navigation, dual zone climate controls, an easy to use infotainment system and even HUD.  The Mazda 6 seats five adults comfortably and with great rear seat legroom.

It’s easy to see why people like Mazda so much now.  The 2018 Mazda 6 interior is years ahead of even its previous generations interior. This kind of quality is echoed throughout the whole line up as well.  It just goes to show: If you do something well, people will notice.

The Performance:

This, unfortunately, is the place where I want more out of the Mazda 6.  A lot of people, myself included, are longing for the MazdaSpeed 6 or some sort of similar car.  I have dreams of a Mazda 6 that is either rear wheel drive or all wheel drive with a twin-turbo four cylinder or turbocharged V6 to the tune of 300+ HP…Now that, I would buy.

Anyway, Mazda definitely makes the lackluster power worth your while because the Mazda 6 gets 35 MPG on the highway.  That really adds up to some savings at the pump which definitely makes having only 184 HP not as bad as it sounds.  So in the MPG realm, performance for the 2018 Mazda 6 is pretty impressive.

We see the Germans making 240 HP easily out of their 2.0L turbo four’s, so I think we should expect at least 220 out of the Mazda 6 being a “drivers car” and all.

Something cool to note is the fact that Mazda is going to be the first automaker to offer HCCI engines in 2018. This technology uses compression to ignite fuel instead of a spark, which adds up to even better fuel economy.  Apparently this allows better performance as well, so maybe we’ll see a Mazda 6 with 200 HP.

Engine options are pretty sparse for the 2018 Mazda 6, which is a lonely 2.5L four cylinder engine with 184 HP and 185 lb-ft of torque.

The Specs:

Vehicle Type: Midsize Sedan
Power Plant: 2.5 L 4 cyl.
Gearbox: 6-speed manual , 6-speed automatic
Power: 184 HP (est.)
MPG: 35 Highway, 26 City (est.)
Torque: 185 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 192.7 Inches (4.89 Meters) (est.)
Width: 72 Inches (1.85 Meters) (est.)
Height: 57 Inches (1.447 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 140 MPH (225.30 KPH) (est.)
Seating: 5 adults
Wheelbase: 111.4 Inches (2.82 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 8.5 Sec.  (est.)
Base Price: $21,000 (est.)


Sum It Up:

While we won’t see a Mazda Speed 6 for some time, the 2018 Mazda 6 is definitely a fantastic car to hold our appetites.  Although power is lacking for now, Mazda is approaching a more upscale and sophisticated attitude, and their designs really do a great job of emulating that.  In any case, the Mazda 6 is a great sedan and even better for its price range.  With amazing fuel economy and style that challenges the best in the business, the Mazda 6 definitely holds its own.  Look for a release date for the 2018 Mazda 6 in beginning 2018 or may be even first few months of 2019.


  1. More hp and torque plus apple carplay or I will not buy a Mazda. Note –would have bought a 6 three years ago but for these lacking features. I do not care about super high milage–20-25 m[g would be great. If Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai can do this why can’t Mazda. They are behind the competition.

  2. Totally agree. Need more ponies. Love Mazda.Got a 2013 speed.Won’t buy another until they come out with performance car.

  3. I am in the market for a new sedan and the lack of HP being under 200 keeps me away from the 6, It’s unfortunately the only reason.

  4. Leased a 6 GT mainly out of frustration and too much information. It was the last car we looked at and we threw in the towel. At first it was just new transportation. Then I drove it through the mountains of western Virginia and the rather harsh ride turned into a good handling twisty bits machine and when I mastered the paddle-shifting ‘manumati’ it sure didn’t feel like a wimpy 4 cylinder. Mazda managed to wring out every last horse from that 4 banger. Think of it as a 4 passenger Miata that you can scare the heck out of the back seat.


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