If you’re looking for a family sedan with sporty looks that will make rival vehicles look downright frumpy, you’ll want to take a good look at the 2021 Mazda 6. This midsize sedan isn’t just the most attractive model in its class; it’s also the most fun to drive. And when you visit a dealer like the Mazda dealership near Gilroy and step into the luxurious cabin, you’ll find yourself double-checking the price tag to make sure it’s not a mistake. The Mazda6’s perfect blend of styling, driving dynamics, and economical price are the reasons why Car and Driver chose the model for its Editors’ Choice award.
The 2021 Mazda 6 gets some new features for 2021 and a new Carbon Edition trim. The Carbon Edition starts with the contents of the Grand Touring Reserve trim. It adds a Polymetal Gray paint color, dark 19-inch wheels, and black exterior accents. Inside, there’s black trim and bold red leather seats with gray stitching. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard across the lineup, and Touring models and higher get wireless Apple CarPlay. According to the Gilroy area Mazda dealer, the turbo-four powerplant gets a 10 lb-ft torque boost, and the range-topping Signature comes with a driver-attention monitor and automated emergency braking. Buyers will have to act quickly to purchase the Mazda6. Mazda announced it will discontinue the Mazda6 after the 2021 model year.
The 2021 Mazda6 is offered in six trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition and Signature. The Sport and Touring are powered by a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The other models are equipped with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque with 93-octane gas or 227 hp and 301 lb-ft with regular. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2021 Mazda6 gets excellent fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated rating of up to 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway.*
The Sport trim may be the entry-level model, but it still comes with a long standard feature list, including 17-inch wheels, push-button start, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a six-speaker audio system. Standard driver aids include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams.
Safety is paramount to anyone who is considering buying a new family sedan. The 2021 Mazda6 received the highest safety designation of Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the top score of Good in all crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mazda6 its highest rating of five stars for overall safety.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.