2003 Mazda Mazda6 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Sepang Green
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,900 - $4,679
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
23 City / 29 HWY
Horsepower
160-220
Seats
5

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Mazda Mazda6 Models & Trims

i $2,900 - $4,407
Horsepower: 160 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16, 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
s $3,054 - $4,679
Horsepower: 220 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0, 17 x 7.0 (in.) - Alloy
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4
1 star
0%

Mazda still zooming, my Mazda 6 has wear & tear but gets me where I need to go.

My car is nearing 200,000 miles and as such I am concerned about breakdowns constantly. For the age of the car, it is in decent working condition. I just had to fix the computer so that should keep the car going for a long time. It is a fairly comfortable car, no special features, but does the job I need it to.

Rebecca J
Helpful

My vehicle is a Mazda 6 it's good on gas mileage and was smooth when driving.

It is old and has normal wear and tear, after this many years there just normal issues. Replacing parts (transmissions, etc). It is reliable and day to day driving is good other than that. The style/design is sleek and drives smooth. The cruise control is convenient and makes driving easier for commuting.

Bianca G
Helpful

Great car to drive in any weather.

The Mazda 6 is a very nice reliable car. We bought ours used so it needed a little work at first just the normal upkeep that you would have to do to any car. It gets great gas mileage and the car is smooth riding. It handles the road well and is a great car for all weather.

Ann W
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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$2,900 - $4,407
$3,054 - $4,679

Horsepower

Horsepower
160 (hp)
220 (hp)

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.3L DOHC MPFI 16
3.0L DOHC MPFI 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional
Standard

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.3 (in.)
42.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38 - 38.7 (in.)
38 - 38.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.5 (in.)
36.5 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.1 (in.)
37.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
15.2 (cu. ft.)
15.2 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Optional
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/50VR17
P215/50VR17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
105.3 (in.)
105.3 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.7 (ft.)
38.7 (ft.)

Length

Length
186.8 (in.)
186.8 (in.)

Width

Width
70.1 (in.)
70.1 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3042 - 3091 (.lbs)
3243 - 3311 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
160 (hp)
220 (hp)

Torque

Torque
155 (ft. lbs.)
192 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
N/A (.lbs)
N/A (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18 (gal.)
18 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
28 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

City

City
24 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
31 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Optional
Optional
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

Safety Features

  • Driver/front passenger airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) w/crash zone & driver seat position sensors
  • 3-point safety belts for all positions
  • Adjustable front shoulder belt anchors
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Child-safety rear seat anchors
  • 5-MPH bumpers
  • Front/rear side-impact door beams
  • Internal trunk release system
  • Triple H steel reinforced body construction
  • Anti-lock brake system w/Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) *
  • Traction control system *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (8)

Air Bags May 25, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
May 25, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V354000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2004-2011 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6, and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or "Zone A." Additionally, unless included in "Zone A" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 RX-8, 2004-2006 MPV, 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or "Zone B." Lastly, unless included in "Zone A" or "Zone B" above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2004 Mazda RX-8 and MPV, 2003-2004 Mazda6 vehicles originally s...
Consequence:
An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 15, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 9416E.
Air Bags Dec 23, 2015
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 23, 2015
NHTSA Campaign:
15V869000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 Mazda6 vehicles manufactured May 29, 2002, to May 5, 2008, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles manufactured July 1, 2005, to June 29, 2007, and a limited production of model year 2004 RX-8 vehicles manufactured June 25, 2003, to June 30, 2003. The inflators in the front passenger air bags are susceptible to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating the deployment of the front passenger air bag.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger's frontal air bag with a new one, free of charge. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 9015L. Note: This recall supersedes recalls 13V-130 and 14V-362 in their entirety. This recall partially supersedes recall 14V-773 in that model year 2003-2006 Mazda6 vehicles covered by that recall are now covered by this campaign.
Air Bags Dec 4, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 4, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V773000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2006 Mazda6, and model year 2004-2005 RX-8, MPV, and B-series vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Puerto Rico, Saipan and Guam. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflators, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 8114L. Note: This recall supersedes safety recall 14V-344 as to the front passenger air bag inflators.
Air Bags Jun 15, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 15, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V402000
Summary:
Mazda North America Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 and 2004 MPV vehicles nationwide. Mazda is also recalling 2005-2006 MPV vehicles in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these passenger air bag inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolut...
Consequence:
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2018. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500 ,Option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 2618F. Note: This recall partially supersedes recall 16V354.
Recall
Report Receipt Date:
NHTSA Campaign:
03V206
Summary:
On certain minivans and passenger vehicles, the socket holder in the fog lights is installed in the lamp casing using pressure. During operation of the fog light, the heat from the bulb can expand the socket holder. The expansion can force the socket holder rearward. After repeatedly being subject to this expansion, if the fog light is also subjected to vibration during vehicle operation, the socket holder with the bulb holder and the wiring harness may separate from the fog light casing. Should this occur, the bulb socket and the harness can drop inside the bumper, and the heat generated by the bulb can cause the bumper to burn.
Consequence:
Remedy:
Dealers will install a spring to prevent the socket holder from separating from the lamp case. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began July 7, 2003. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
Recall
Report Receipt Date:
NHTSA Campaign:
03V207
Summary:
Certain passenger vehicles fail to comply with requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 135, "Passenger Car Brake Systems." During production, the float in the fluid level sensor in the brake reservoir can be forced off of the guide rail during the filling of the master cylinder. Should this occur, it is possible that the float will not return to the guide rail, and the brake fluid level warning indicator may not function.
Consequence:
Remedy:
Dealers will inspect the fluid level sensor float, repair it when necessary, and also attach a caution label to the brake reservoir. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began July 7, 2003. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
Recall
Report Receipt Date:
NHTSA Campaign:
03V531
Summary:
On certain passenger vehicles, the fuel sender unit (FSU) may have been improperly installed in the fuel tank, producing an inadequate seal, and fuel may leak. A fire could occur in the presence of an ignition source.
Consequence:
Remedy:
Dealers will inspect the top of the fuel tank, and if necessary, repair or replace it. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during February 2004. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.
Air Bags Jul 26, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 26, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V474000
Summary:
Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain model year 2003-2008 Mazda6, 2004-2008 RX-8, and 2006-2007 Mazdaspeed6 vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a dual-stage driver frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion and other factors, including manufacturing variability that, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Remedy:
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2017. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500. Mazda's number for this recall is 1417G. Note: This recall supersedes recall 15V-382.

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