Mazda 6 2010 Review: Price, Specs, and More

mazda 6 2010 review
2010 Mazda 6
Pros
  • Sporty driving dynamics
  • Vast interior and cargo space
  • Stylish Body
Cons
  • The slightly underpowered base engine
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Some reviewers complained of inexpensive cabin materials

Mazda 6 2010 Review – Until a major redesign last year, the Mazda 6 seemed to flounder at the back of the pack in the midsize sedan market, which is crowded with competition.

Mazda focused on delivering amazing driving experiences rather than comfort, dependability, safety, and value when it came to American family car buyers.

In comparison to the prior generation, the new Mazda 6 is substantially bigger. Among the midsize sedan class, the cabin is one of the biggest.

We normally anticipate a reduction in handling capability, acceleration, and overall excitement as automobiles grow in size dramatically.

The current Mazda 6, on the other hand, retains a lot of its former excitement, which was not the case with previous models.

Mazda 6 lowers the price on several of its trim levels in 2010, capitalizing on last year’s improvements.

While many conventional features have been moved to higher trim levels, the resulting savings to purchasers is not without sacrifices.

The Touring Plus variant (which slots in below the top-of-the-line Grand Touring) and a redesigned display for Bluetooth and audio information are new for 2010.

Some of the Mazda 6’s most appealing features, such as a cavernously large cargo and the most powerful V6 in this class, are carried over from last year.

The Mazda 6 is one of the most enjoyable to drive sedans, second only to the Nissan Altima when compared to its competitors from 2010.

The newly redesigned Ford Fusion (which won our most recent sedan comparison test) and the Honda Accord are other candidates for your consideration.

The Mazda 6 is one of our top recommendations, and it’s definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a used car with its own merits and flaws.

What’s New for the 2010 Mazda 6?

The 2010 Mazda 6 offers little in the way of changes, having just undergone a complete redesign last year.

A new Touring Plus trim level, as well as optional audio and Bluetooth display, debut. To reduce the vehicle’s base price, features have been rearranged among trim levels.

Read also: What Are the New Mazda Car Models?

Pricing, and Trim Levels

Mazda 6 i SV

TransmissionManual
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
MPG20 City | 29 Hwy
EngineGas I4 2.5L/152
MSRP$18,600

Mazda 6 i Sport

TransmissionAutomatic
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
MPG21 City | 30 Hwy
EngineGas I4 2.5L/152
MSRP$20,470

Mazda 6 i Touring

TransmissionAutomatic
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
MPG21 City | 30 Hwy
EngineGas I4 2.5L/152
MSRP$21,950

Mazda 6 i Touring Plus

TransmissionAutomatic
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
MPG21 City | 30 Hwy
EngineGas I4 2.5L/152
MSRP$23,900

Mazda 6 i Grand Touring

TransmissionAutomatic
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive
MPG21 City | 30 Hwy
EngineGas I4 2.5L/152
MSRP$26,085

Why Should You Buy One?

The 2010 Mazda6 is the best-performing, least expensive four-door sedan in its class. It offers a large trunk for carrying gear, great fuel economy, and impressive acceleration for a car of this size. Plus, it’s one of the most fun cars to drive around town – it simply feels nimble and responsive.

Read also: Mazda SUV Models List

Engine Performance

The 2010 Mazda 6 vehicles are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the SV, Sport, and Touring models.

A five-speed automatic with manual shift control is only available on Touring Plus and Grand Touring models, as well as an option on Sport and Touring versions.

The Mazda 6 Sport is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that generates 272 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque and is only offered with a six-speed automatic.

With a standstill, we reached 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds with a V6-powered Mazda 6, whereas the four-cylinder automatic needed 9.1 seconds.

Fuel Economy

The EPA estimates 21 mpg city/30 highway and 24 mpg combined driving for the four-cylinder engine with a five-speed automatic. The combined loss of manual-transmission vehicles is estimated to be 1 mpg.

The V6 engine has a low-end rating of 17/25 mpg city/highway and 20 combined, which is typical for this type of vehicle. Between these midsize sedans, it’s a toss-up.

Interior, and Comfort

mazda 6 2010 interior
Mazda 6 2010 Interior

The Mazda 6 Sport has a sleek and modern interior. The center stack, which extends from the roof of the car to the center console, is more complex than that of rivals but still manages to look beautiful.

The interior features that impress us include the red-backlit gauges and adequate rear seat (even for 6-footers).

The spacious front seats may lack lateral support for smaller passengers, however, all seats have enough legroom and headroom.

Despite its attractive appearance, the cabin is covered in inexpensive plastic materials. The black-and-silver patterned embellishments on higher trim levels are an acquired taste for some.

“The odd decorative trim pieces resemble piano black trim that’s been mauled by a bear,” said one unimpressed editor, adding to the points deduction.

The standard audio system, as well as the upgraded Bose system, may underperform certain listeners.

The Mazda 6’s 16.6-cubic-foot trunk is one of the biggest in its class, with efficiently hidden hinges and 60/40-split-folding rear seats that further expand cargo capability.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2010 Mazda 6 offers a comprehensive suite of multimedia features. Standard equipment includes satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, and an eight-inch display that can be controlled by the steering wheel’s cruise control buttons.

Safety

All 2010 Mazda 6 cars come equipped with anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags.

In government crash tests, the Mazda 6 received a five-star rating for frontal and side impact protection for all passengers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Mazda 6 the highest rating of “Good” in frontal-offset collisions.

In braking testing, both Grand Touring versions came to a complete halt from 60 mph at a distance of roughly 125 feet.

Warranty

For vehicles six years old or younger with fewer than 80,000 miles, Mazda provides a certified pre-owned program.

The vehicle’s first sale date determines eligibility. Mazda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the expiry of the original three-year/36,000-mile warranty.

The original restricted powertrain warranty is extended to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Every CPO Mazda must pass a 160-point inspection.

Other advantages that may be included include towing, a 90-day complimentary SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, longer coverage, and 24-hour roadside assistance. Read the Mazda warranty page for more information.

Driving Experience

The Mazda 6 is somewhat nimble, but not as agile as the Honda Accord or as athletic as the class-leading Nissan Altima when it comes to large family sedans.

Even when riding on the huge 18-inch wheels, road noise is somewhat more noticeable than on comparable automobiles, and the ride quality is firm.

In addition to the handling benefits gained as the tire size increases, power is increased. The engine note of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder will likely displease more ardent pilots, but it will suffice for the vast majority of drivers.

The 3.7-liter V6, which is muscular but not rough, would be a better option for them, however, even in manual mode, the sluggish shifting automatic gearboxes put a damper on the fun.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is the 2010 Mazda 6 a good car?

The 2010 Mazda6 is a good car. It has great handling, a powerful engine, and comfortable seats. The only downside is the car’s exterior styling which some people may find outdated.

What’s the worst year for a Mazda 6?

According to the Mazda Car Complaints Database, the Mazda 6 had the worst model year in 2014. The 2014 Mazda 6 had the most complaints of any Mazda 6 year models, with 41 total, due to severe and frequent engine problems.

Is it expensive to maintain Mazda 6?

During the first ten years of service, a Mazda 6 will cost about $5,507 for upkeep and repairs. By $1,589, this outsold the industry average for popular sedan types. A 6 may also need a major repair at some point in the future, with a 16.22% chance of this happening.

What is high mileage for a Mazda 6?

The Mazda 6 typically lasts between 200,000 and 230,000 miles. With a 9% chance of the issue being serious, a Mazda 6 should go to the garage for unscheduled maintenance approximately 0.4 times per year.

Is Mazda 6 Made in Japan?

Where Is Mazda 6 Made? The Mazda 6 is only manufactured at the Hofu plant in Yamaguchi, Japan. The Mazda 6 was previously constructed at AutoAlliance International’s Flat Rock, Michigan site for the North American market. After the Mazda 6 2021 model year, the Mazda 6 will be phased out in the US and Canada.

Specifications

Engine TypeGas
Transmission6-speed manual
Drive TypeFront-wheel drive
CylindersInline 4
Total Seating5
Basic Warranty3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

Fuel & MPG

Fuel typeRegular unleaded
EPA city/highway MPG20/29 MPG
EPA combined MPG23 MPG
Range in miles (city/hwy)370.0/536.5 mi.
Fuel tank capacity18.5 gal.

Engine

Base engine size2.5 L
CylindersInline 4
Base engine typeGas
Horsepower170 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque167 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Valves16
Cam-typeDouble overhead cam (DOHC)
Valve timingVariable

Drivetrain

Transmission6-speed manual
Drive TypeFront-wheel drive

Dimensions

Length193.7 in.
Overall width without mirrors72.4 in.
Height57.9 in.
Wheelbase109.8 in.
Front track62.8 in.
Rear track62.8 in.
EPA interior volume118.5 cu.ft.
Cargo capacity, all seats in place16.6 cu.ft.
Turning circle35.4 ft.
Ground clearance5.1 in.
Drag Coefficient0.27 Cd.
Curb weight3,258 lbs.
Gross weight4,340 lbs.

Warranty

Basic3 yr./ 36,000 mi.
Drivetrain5 yr./ 60,000 mi.
Rust5 yr./ unlimited mi.
Roadside3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

The Final Verdict

The Mazda 6 is a good car, but it has a few flaws that keep it from being great in its class. The engine power and V6 models are powerful, but the fuel economy ratings were disappointing when they first came out.

There have also been reports of noises caused by transmission or engine vibrations, as well as exterior lighting problems. Overall though, the Mazda 6 is reliable and generally produces few problems.