2014-2019 Mazda 6: Problems, pros and cons, photos

Updated: January 30, 2022
Unlike previous models that were produced in partnership with Ford, the third-generation Mazda 6 was developed in-house. It's a sleek sporty front-wheel drive mid-size sedan
2015 Mazda 6 interior 2015 Mazda 6 interior
with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. Thanks to Skyactiv technology, Mazda 6 is very good on gas.

For 2018, the 2.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine has been added to the lineup. Mazda 6 is a driver-oriented vehicle, it holds the road very well, with precise, responsive steering. The ride is on the firm side. The 6 comes with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The reliability is above average, but there have been some problems used car buyers should be aware of.
Mazda 6 problems: There have been several complaints about the mass air flow sensor failing. A bad mass air flow sensor can cause a no-start condition and stalling. The sensor is easy to replace; it's located on the air filter box. The part is sold online for $135-$160.

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A sticking switch inside the transmission shifter assembly can cause the vehicle to stay intermittently in the Accessory mode with the audio system staying on and draining the battery. There are a number of reports on the NHTSA website about this issue. To repair the problem, the switch must be replaced ($250-$350 repair). Watch these Youtube videos.

A failed ignition coil can cause a lack of power and the Check Engine light to come on with misfiring trouble codes (P0301-P0304). The bad ignition coil must be replaced with an updated part. It's a good idea to replace all the spark plugs at the same time if they are old.

The Bose speakers in the front doors are known to rattle with age. The distorted sound and rattle are often caused by the speaker diaphragm separating due to corrosion. Replacing a door speaker is not too difficult. We also found several Youtube videos showing how to repair a rattling speaker.

There have been numerous complaints about Bluetooth issues. If it's important to you, try pairing your phone and see if it works when checking a used Mazda 6. Many owners report that the Bluetooth module has been replaced.
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When replacing a drive belt, the drive belt tensioner might also need to be replaced if it appears to be leaking oil; it's not very expensive.

Several owners mentioned various problems with Mazda Connect infotainment system. Some glitches were fixed with firmware updates or resets. Check for more information at the Mazda Connect website. The overall number of complaints is small compared to some other cars. Mazda issued several recalls. Check at the NHTSA website.

Mazda 6 engine Mazda 6 2.5L Skyactiv engine
Engine: The base engine is the 184-hp 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder Skyactiv-G motor. It has a higher compression ratio (13.0:1) and direct fuel injection. It's one of the best engines on the market. It has proven to be reliable if maintained well. Read also: Pros and cons of buying a car with Direct Injection.
For 2018, the Skyactiv-G 2.5L engine received the cylinder deactivation option.
The 227-hp turbocharged version (Skyactiv 2.5T) was also added for 2018. See the Mazda video about the Skyactiv Turbo technology. The 2.5L turbo is a fairly new engine to know its long-term reliability. This engine has been used in the 2016 and newer Mazda CX-9 SUV and so far it didn't have too many problems. A turbocharged engine is sensitive to the oil quality; use only high-quality synthetic oil.

Timing belt or chain: Bot the 2.5L and 2.5T Skyactiv gasoline engines have a timing chain that doesn't need regular replacement. There is no timing belt.

Fuel Consumption
Mazda 6 EPA Fuel Economy: mpg
city/hwy
L/100 km
city/hwy
2014-2015 2.5L with i-ELOOP auto 28/39 8.4/6.0
2016 2.5L with i-ELOOP auto 28/38 8.4/6.2
2017 2.5L with i-ELOOP auto 27/35 8.7/6.7
2014-2016 2.5L auto 26/37 9.0/6.4
2017-2019 2.5L auto 26/35 9.0/6.7
2014, 2016 2.5L 6-speed manual 25/36 9.4/6.5
2015 2.5L 6-speed manual 25/35 9.4/6.7
2017 2.5L 6-speed manual 24/34 9.8/6.9
2018-2019 2.5L 6-speed manual 24/33 9.8/7.1
2018-2019 2.5L Turbo auto 23/31 10.2/7.6
Fuel Economy: The 2015 Mazda 6 automatic with i-ELOOP system is rated at 28/39 mpg city/hwy. The i-ELOOP system, available in the GT Technology Package uses a capacitor installed inside the front fender to recover the energy when slowing down to re-use later. It's like a very mild hybrid.
The regular 2014-2016 Mazda 6 automatic gets 26 mpg city, 37 mpg highway. This allows Mazda 6 to travel up to 574 highway miles (924 km) on one tank of regular gasoline.

Pros: Fuel economy, sporty handling, supportive seats, conventional 6-speed automatic transmission, available 6-speed manual, 5-star crash test rating, available safety features, rich interior.

Cons: Road and wind noise in earlier models, dash rattles in earlier models, firm ride, no V6 option, rear seat space, low front bumper is easy to scrape, OEM tires wear out fast, the trunk is not very large.

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Overall: Mazda 6 is a sporty option for a family sedan. Overall, it's a great car, but earlier models are not very quiet inside. The 2017 and later models have better sound insulation.
Rear seat Rear seat. Trunk Mazda 6 trunk offers 14.8 cu. ft. of cargo space. Rear seat folded The rear seat folded.
The reliability is above average, maintenance costs are low too. We would recommend a non-turbo Mazda 6 if you plan on keeping the car for many years.

What to look for when buying a used Mazda 6: Check if the infotainment system works properly. Test all areas of the touchscreen. Watch out for rattling door speakers. Check if both key fobs are working. Test the air conditioner and other features. Watch out for warning lights staying on after the engine is started. See if the power seat mechanism works properly. If the audio system stays on when the car is turned off, there is a problem with the shifter, see above. Check the alloy rims carefully in the GT trim for paint peeling off. Watch out for signs of previous accidents, or lack of maintenance, read more: How to inspect a used car - illustrated guide. Read also: What mileage is OK for a used car?

Engine oil: The owners manuals for the 2014-2017 Mazda 6 list SAE 0W-20 as the recommended oil type. The engine oil capacity for the 2.5L engine is specified at 4.5 L (4.8 US qt, 4.0 Imp qt) with oil filter replacement.

Automatic transmission fluid: For the 2014 model, Mazda specifies Mazda Genuine ATF FZ, as the required automatic transmission fluid. The full automatic transmission capacity is listed at 7.8 L (8.2 US qt, 6.9 Imp qt), but only around 3.5 US qt (3.3 liters) can be drained from the transmission drain plug. We checked the owners manuals for the 2014-2017 Mazda 6 and none of them includes the automatic transmission fluid (ATF) change in the maintenance schedule. However, your mechanic may still recommend changing the ATF, as it degrades over time.