Mazda has done quite a good job of keeping the selection process simple. All Mazda6s contain the same 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G engine, which develops 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 pound-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm. Additionally, all models come only with front-wheel drive.
The only actual drivetrain option is the choice between a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic (also with six speeds). The base Sport and mid-range Touring trim levels are available with both, while the top-rung Grand Touring comes only with automatic.
Fuel economy with automatic is estimated at 26 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway (29 mpg combined). Manual shift lowers the estimate to 24/34 mpg (city/highway) and 28 mpg combined.
The Sport has a six-speed manual transmission, but jumps to $23,830 for an automatic-equipped model. Standard features include an electronic parking brake, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, pushbutton starter, rearview camera, six-speaker audio with CD player and HD radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, and dynamic stability control. Both manual and automatic-transmission models now include Mazda Connect.