Mazda3 vs Mazda6


Work commutes, weekend trips and the like are best done in a comfortable and feature-rich sedan. Two viable options are the Mazda3 and Mazda6. But, which one will satisfy your driving needs more?

To help you decide, we’ve created a comprehensive Mazda3 vs. Mazda6 comparison. Discover the similarities and differences between each vehicle, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Mazda3 vs Mazda6 Performance Specs

mazda3While the Mazda3 and Mazda6 are impressive vehicles overall, performance is where they really stand out. In fact, they both have nimble handling, sharp steering and strong brakes.

The Mazda3 comes standard with a 2.0L SKYACTIV®-G 4-cylinder engine that puts out 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. If that’s not enough, you can get even more power with the available 2.5L SKYACTIV®-G 4-cylinder that churns out 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.

The Mazda6, meanwhile, comes standard with an engine similar to the available one in the Mazda3: a 2.5L SKYACTIV®-G 4-cylinder that puts out 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. You can also opt for the available SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T Dynamic Pressure Turbo 4-cylinder that produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Not only do these vehicles possess plenty of passing power, but they can also go the distance. In fact, the Mazda3 achieves an EPA-estimated 28 city/37 highway MPG, while the Mazda6 achieves an EPA-estimated 26 city/35 highway MPG.* This means you can spend more time cruising down the highway, and less time stopping at the gas station to refuel.

Mazda3 vs Mazda6: High-Tech Features

Even when driving on the open road, you still want to stay connected and entertained. Mazda engineers know this, which is why they equipped these sedans with cutting-edge technologies.

They both come standard with the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System. Popular apps like Aha™, Pandora® and Stitcher™ will appear on the 7-inch touchscreen in the Mazda3 and 8-inch touchscreen in the Mazda6. If you prefer to listen to the radio, HD Radio™ will make sure that those AM and FM stations are crisp and clear.

Furthermore, each vehicle offers a 4-month trial subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. Not only can you listen to music, sports, comedy or news, but you’ll also get over 100 channels to choose from. With all these options, you’ll never be listening to the same thing twice.

As if that wasn’t enough, all your media options will be heard clearly in the Mazda3 and Mazda6 through their available 9-speaker and 11-speaker Bose® audio systems, respectively.

Interior Space & Amenities

Mazda InteriorThese Mazda models comfortably fit five, with seats that remain supportive through long road trips. In the Mazda3, you get 42.2 inches of front legroom, 35.8 inches of rear legroom and 96.3 cubic feet of passenger volume. In the Mazda6, there are also 42.2 inches of front legroom, but there’s 38.7 inches of rear legroom and 99.7 cubic feet of passenger volume. Cargo space is pretty close, too, with 12.4 cubic feet in the Mazda3 and 14.7 cubic feet in the Mazda6.

Not only are both vehicles pretty spacious, but their cabins are quite stylish, as well. In fact, they have some of the nicest interiors in their respective classes. Cloth-trimmed sport seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector come standard. Perforated leather-trimmed sport seats are available in the Mazda3, while Nappa leather-trimmed sport seats are optional in the Mazda6.

Heated front seats are also available in both vehicles, so you can stay cozy on colder nights. The Mazda6 actually goes a step further and offers heated rear seats, plus a heated steering wheel, to keep your hands nice and toasty.

Mazda3 vs Mazda6: Verdict

No matter which Mazda vehicle you go for, you’ll get one with lots of power, space and style. To help determine which is right for you, test drive them at Faulkner Mazda. We’ll get you behind the wheel, so you can gauge their performances around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg and Carlisle.

Don’t wait. Test drive the Mazda3 or Mazda6 today!


*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.