2021 Mazda Mazda6 gets Apple CarPlay, Carbon Edition options

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

Mazda has made few changes to the Mazda6 for 2021.

The 2021 Mazda Mazda6 will get a few tweaks for the 2021 model year but mostly remain unchanged. It will start at $24,325 and arrive at dealerships in September. That price is a few hundred dollars more than the 2020 price.

The Mazda6 will continue to be offered in five trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. There is also a new Carbon Edition.

The base model Mazda6 Sport is powered by a standard 2.5-liter engine that delivers 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift and Sport modes. Front-wheel drive is standard.

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The Mazda6 Carbon Edition is new for 2021.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The Mazda6 Sport comes standard with a host of safety features including adaptive cruise control with stop and go, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Mazda6 will now come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, displayed on an 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen. Inside the cabin are also a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio pairing, two USB inputs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth seats, dual-zone climate control, push button start, remote keyless entry, and electronic parking brake.

LED headlights with auto-leveling, LED taillights, and 17-inch gun metal aluminum alloy wheels are also standard.

Upgrading to the Mazda6 Touring ($26,925) adds leatherette-trimmed seats, heated front seats, six-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry System, power moonroof, 19-inch gun metallic aluminum alloy wheels, two rear seat USB charging ports and rear air conditioning vents.

Bumping up to the Mazda6 Grand Touring ($30,025) installs a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that generates a robust 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. In addition to a new badge on the tail indicating the turbocharged engine, this trim level model gets wireless Apple CarPlay, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, headed side mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming functionality, and paddle shifters.

The Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve gets even more premium ($32,525). It comes with a head-up display, adaptive front lighting system, black or Parchment leather-trimmed seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, automatic power folding door mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer, eight-way power and memory driver’s seat with power lumbar support, and six-way power passenger’s seat. Traffic Sign Recognition is available with the optional navigation system. This model rides on 19-inch bright silver finish aluminum alloy wheels and has a rear lip spoiler.

The Mazda6 Carbon Edition ($32,800) special edition builds on the Grand Touring Reserve model adding Polymetal Gray exterior paint, gloss black rear lip spoiler, gloss black door mirrors, and 19-inch black metallic aluminum alloy wheels. The interior has red leather seats with black cross stitching and black hairline interior accents on the dash and door panels. The dash and center console armrest add red stitching.

The top-trim Mazda6 Signature has a gunmetal grille. Inside there is Parchment or Deep Chestnut Nappa leather upholstery, adorned with authentic Japanese Sen wood and gilded UltraSuede interior accents. A 360-degree monitor with front and rear parking sensors, 7.0-inch reconfigurable driver’s information display, navigation, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link subscription, a black headliner, auto-dimming frameless rearview mirror with Homelink, and LED ambient lights are standard in this trim level.

Buyers will pay a premium for some of the available paint colors in any trim level. The Soul Red Crystal Metallic costs $595. Machine Gray Metallic is $495 and Snowflake White Pearl Mica is $395.

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