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Here's where the Mazda6 came up in this, the annual auto issue.

Page 33: Ratings, under Family Sedans, numbers 40 and 41, respectively.

Mazda6 i (4cyl): Price as tested: $21930. Overall test score: ~85/100.
Survey Results: Predicted Reliability: 2/5. Owner Satisfaction: 4/5.
Safety: Accident Avoidance: 5/5. Crash Protection: 5/5.
Fuel Economy: Overall mpg: 23
Highs: Handling, braking, driving position.
Lows: Turning circle, noise.



Mazda6 s (V6): Price as tested: $27790. Overall test score: ~85/100.
Survey Results: Predicted Reliability: 2/5. Owner Satisfaction: 4/5.
Safety: Accident Avoidance: 5/5. Crash Protection: 5/5.
Fuel Economy: Overall mpg: 20
Highs: Handling, braking, driving position.
Lows: Turning circle, noise.


Vehicle Profile, on page 63.

Mazda 6
Reliability: 2/5
Satisfaction: 4/5
Depreciation: NA

The 6 Line
Body Styles 4-door hatchback, sedan, wagon.
Trim Lines i, s, Mazdaspeed
Price 18995-27995

Quick Facts
Drive Wheels Front
Seating 2/3
Engines: 2.3l 4 (160hp), 3.0l V6 (220hp), 2.3l 4 turbo (274hp)
Transmissions5-spd. man.; 6-spd. man.; 4-spd auto; 6-spd auto
Fuel Regular or Premium
MPG 19

Last full report: Aug 2004

The Mazda6 is competitive with the better family sedans. The slow-responding, five-speed automatic was replaced by a six-speed for 2005, while the four cylinder model makes due with a four speed. The split folding rear seatback has a spring-loaded release mechanism to fold the seats. Handling is faily nimble. The ride is firm yet complaint. The engines aren't as punchy or refined as those in the Accord or Camry. The Ford-supplied V6 is relatively thirsty. The turning circle is wide, making parking maneuvers tedious. Reliability has dropped below average, so we no longer recommend the Mazda6.
 
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