The previous generation Mazda 6 made from 2009 through 2013 is still a popular model in the US. With a an original MSRP of a base model starting under $20,000 and of a fully-loaded V6 model coming out just under $30,000, we’re curious to see how the 2nd-gen Mazda is holding up 7 years later from it’s initial release.
As mentioned, the 2nd-gen Mazda 6 was released in 2008 as a 2009 model and produced through 2013. It is Mazda’s largest available 4-door sedan, before getting into the SUV lineup. A 2.5L 4-Cylinder and a 3.8L V6 we’re the two available engine options for the U.S. models with a 6-Speed Manual, 5-Speed Auto, and 6-Speed Auto (for V6 models) as transmission options. With some up-to-date conveinece features available such as Optional Navigation, Smart Keyless-Access, and Bose Sound System to name a few. At an original MSRP of $19,000 for a base model, with a fully loaded V6 model being less than $30,000 it seems like a bargain compared to the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Chevrolet Malibu Mazda intended to rival.
The 2009-2013 Mazda 6 Today
The previous-gen Mazda 6 is still a popular car, and you will still see them on the roads today. Despite it’s bargain original price, it’s pre-owned price is also a considerable bargain as well. Price wise on the Used Market, as of this article, you can purchase some high-mileage early-model Mazda6’s for around $5,000-6000. Lower mileage, early models averaging around $8,000-9500 and later models averaging $11,000-16,000. For this review, we we’re able to spend some extra time with a 2009 V6 Model with 61,000 miles on it, that was traded in on a brand-new car, so we’ll mention a few things about our test car as well as a general perspective for the other models we’ve came across.
Driving the Mazda6, there are considerable differences between engine and transmission options. The 2.4L engine has decent acceleration, but you will likely find better pick-up and response with the 5-Speed Manual Transmission. Our V6 model we drove, had good response from the 6-Speed Auto it was equipped with. Both 4-Cyl and V6 models had a very smooth when equipped with good tires, and wasn’t harsh when hitting bumps or potholes. Smooth steering and overall handling was slightly more firm and had a more in-control feeling compared to the rivaling Camry. The fuel economy of both engine options and transmission configurations we’re quite close to the EPA estimates reported when new, if not somewhat better.
Mechanically the car is pretty reliable, many Mazda6’s are on the market with higher miles. Engine wise, the 2.4L has shown to be a little more reliable and slightly lower maintenance than the larger V6. The V6 is also showing average reliability but slightly more maintenance needs than the 4-Cylinder. Earlier models have shown more repair frequencies. Owners have reported the 5-Speed manual transmission to be reliable, the 5-Speed auto is also showing good reliability but transmission fluid flush is a commonly reported routine thats needs to be done regularly, the 6-Speed auto has shown somewhat spotty reliabilty but no complete failures have been reported in recent times. Our test model was showing signs that the transmission needed minor service, but no slipping and it wasn’t at risk of failure. Most Mazda6 owners have been shown to take care good car of their car mechanically, but large amount have shown signs of not being parked in a garage or covered area.
With a car of such a low MSRP, the overall build quality of the Mazda6 is somewhat low which some may expect with a car of such a low price. The paint and headlights have commonly been reported to fade. On our test model, the clear coat on the rear bumper and the plastic spoiler were moderately faded, the headlights also required professional restoration. Some internal engine components have also been prone to pre-mature corrosion (depending on where you live). Inside, the interior has shown to hold up quite decent. On our tester, we did see some excessive wear from normal use on buttons and certain plastic facades, but we expected that and it can be easily fixed with a little spray paint or cheap button replacement. Aside from that, the electronics we’re in proper working order, no fading or ripped seems in the fabrics (ours was cloth), and no sinking headliner.
The Mazda6 is a great choice if you’re looking for an inexpensive, modern sedan with good overall space. We highly recommend that you perform regular service on the vehicle and be ready to take the vehicle to have some paint work done in the future.