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Hello all!

I currently own a Mazda3. However, it is on its last legs, burning oil like crazy, and I plan on getting a new car by the end of this year.

Question: which model should I opt for: the Mazda6 or the Mazda3?

I've driven both, and here are my thoughts:
1. Driving: The Mazda6 felt bigger than the Mazda3, which reflected in the driving dynamics. The Mazda3 felt a bit more agile, a bit more powerful.
2. Looks: I personally think that the Mazda6 wears the Kodo design language the best. The Mazda3 seems like it needs a bit more sheet metal. However, the Mazda3 does have the appearance package, which, I think, makes it looks noticeably better than the Mazda6.
3. Size: I am 5'9", and I felt that the Mazda6 was a good size for me. But the Mazda3 fit like a glove. However, my wife preferred the roominess of the 6. Also, as someone who would like to start a family in the coming few years, perhaps the Mazda6's size would be better.
4. Options: The Mazda6 appears to come with a lot of goodies as standard. However, the Mazda3 needs a ton of features added on to come to the same level. I am considering the Grand Touring versions of both models, and feel that the GT Mazda6 offers better value. Also, considering that at that level they both cost nearly the same, I think the Mazda6 offers more car for the same money.

So, thoughts? Mazda3 or Mazda6?
 

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Mazda 6 all the way for someone who has family.
 

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Looks like you already answered your own question :) Mazda 6 FTW

I was cross-shopping both models as well and felt that 2.0 M3 was not as quick and nimble as the M6. And by the time you option out the M3S with 2.5 as the M6, you are looking at spending a couple of $K more than 6. The M6 also usually has better incentives, further making it a more valuable option. As far as being agile, for $400 you can get lowering springs and lower front/rear braces to make it much stiffer and more nimble around turns than the M3.

p.s. putting a toddler seat in the back is not an easy task in either of the models, but it is more manageable in M6 than it is in M3
 

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Yes the 3s is a ripoff when you compare it to the 6(i).

Also, do you have any idea how much "legroom" space is required for an aft facing child seat (required by law for infants)? A LOT!

Make your wife and your future happy and get the 6.
 

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Thank you for the quick responses! Thing is, I have driven small and nimble cars my whole life, so stepping up to the bigger Mazda6 necessitates extra thought.

More questions:
1. What kind of deals/incentives am I looking at? I will be buying in December, during which time dealers are trying their best to move cars off their lots. If someone can give me an MSRP and an actual price range, that would be great (don't worry, I will not hold you to that estimate, lol.). I am looking at a 2016 Mazda6 GT with a meteor gray exterior and parchment interior.
2. Any idea if the GT Mazda6 comes standard with illuminated grill? Or do I have to up it to the Technology Package?

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Thank you for the quick responses! Thing is, I have driven small and nimble cars my whole life, so stepping up to the bigger Mazda6 necessitates extra thought.

More questions:
1. What kind of deals/incentives am I looking at? I will be buying in December, during which time dealers are trying their best to move cars off their lots. If someone can give me an MSRP and an actual price range, that would be great (don't worry, I will not hold you to that estimate, lol.). I am looking at a 2016 Mazda6 GT with a meteor gray exterior and parchment interior.
2. Any idea if the GT Mazda6 comes standard with illuminated grill? Or do I have to up it to the Technology Package?

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Although the 3 is like a little go-kart, the 6 is still a Mazda and Mazdas are all excellent fun to drive. This car may not *feel* as nimble as a 3, but it handles pretty dang nice for a car its size.

You'll just have to get used to a slightly larger turning radius, and not being able to squeeze into quite as many parking spaces :lol:

As for deals, I couldn't help you much there other than saying that a year-end model GT would probably run you $29k or so. These cars are such a hot commodity that they're selling quickly, which is bad news for getting good deals.

As far as I know, the illuminated grill is an addon even for the Grand Touring. The grand touring doesn't quite come with every possible luxury, and I would expect the illuminated grill to not be stock - but I could be wrong.
 

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I just bought a 6, although I did test drive a 3. I admit that in your shoes I would seriously consider a 3. Obviously it depends on what your priorities are, but you don't have kids yet and the 3 should give you all the practicality you need. I owned subcompacts and compacts for 25 years, 15 of those with kids, and we did just fine, although we always had one somewhat bigger vehicle if we really needed to haul a load.

I had rear facing car seats in a 1999 Protege and they fit okay, although if my wife and I were taller it might have been a problem. When the kids are young, though, you may find yourself trying to fit diapers, a stroller, a pack and play, and other doodads into the trunk, and I think you would find that even the 6's trunk may be constraining. The 3 hatchback would offer more versatility. Or you can rely on another car for more serious family hauling. As the kids got older, we found they needed a bigger back seat and a smaller trunk/cargo area, and now that I'm about to have my first teenage driver, my wife and I wanted a back seat we would be comfortable in, hence the move to the 6. I fit fine in the 3's back seat, but the 6 has more room that makes a difference with long distances.

I don't think you can go wrong either way. If you think the 6 is quieter and offers the comfort you want, I'd go with the 6. If the size of the 6 for everyday use gives you pause, and the 3 fits your needs and personality better, I'd go with the 3.
 

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I originally was considering a 3GT Tech but now plan on getting the 6 GT Tech. The difference is around $50 a month with the loan I'd get and it has more space and features. I don't plan on having any kids but driving other adults in the back makes the rear room matter a lot. Here's some features off of the top of my head that make the (2016) 6 a lot nicer.

Vents in rear
Seat memory
power lumbar support (driver side)
leatherette on dash and overall better interior
all windows and moonroof are one touch up/down (just driver's window on 3)
coat hooks
2 power outlets instead of just one
analog speedometer (although I don't care as much as some people)
2 more speakers (bose isn't the best but more spots to easily mount better speakers)
illuminated grill
LED foglights - the 3 is an uglier color, though you can get LED matching ones for $30
possibly the LED headlights but I havent compared them.

The only disadvantage is slightly less mpg/power to weight and slightly larger for parking etc but honestly there wasn't enough of a difference to matter. Oh, and the tires are like $100 more a piece.
 

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My wife and my youngest dughter both mave M3s. fun, sporty to be sure... but somewhat cramped for a plus sized guy..(me). I also found both of the M3s to have a lot of road noise, and this from a guy who drove the same ford ranger the past 22 years.

I opted for the six, and am glad I did...parking (knowing where all 4 corners are) was a bit much.... this car is smaller than the ranger, and I used to be able to see all 4 corners of the ranger.

Fuel mileage-wise, there isn't a great gulf between the 3 cars.. and they drivve ver conservatively, while i tend to be a tad bit "aggressive" (I call it DECISIVE... not aggressive, but I digress)

If you're thinking about having a family car... borrow a child's seat, and then car shop with your wife...and the child seat... then make up your mind.

Thumbs up on your choice of meteor gray... That's my color, and I still can't stop looking at the car.... just the best looking car in any parking lot

as always, your miles may vary
 

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As far as I know, the illuminated grill is an addon even for the Grand Touring. The grand touring doesn't quite come with every possible luxury, and I would expect the illuminated grill to not be stock - but I could be wrong.
The illuminated grill comes standard on the 2016 Grand Touring, with or without the GT Tech Package. It is available as an add-on with the Touring I believe.
 

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Hello all!

I currently own a Mazda3. However, it is on its last legs, burning oil like crazy, and I plan on getting a new car by the end of this year.

Question: which model should I opt for: the Mazda6 or the Mazda3?

I've driven both, and here are my thoughts:
1. Driving: The Mazda6 felt bigger than the Mazda3, which reflected in the driving dynamics. The Mazda3 felt a bit more agile, a bit more powerful.
2. Looks: I personally think that the Mazda6 wears the Kodo design language the best. The Mazda3 seems like it needs a bit more sheet metal. However, the Mazda3 does have the appearance package, which, I think, makes it looks noticeably better than the Mazda6.
3. Size: I am 5'9", and I felt that the Mazda6 was a good size for me. But the Mazda3 fit like a glove. However, my wife preferred the roominess of the 6. Also, as someone who would like to start a family in the coming few years, perhaps the Mazda6's size would be better.
4. Options: The Mazda6 appears to come with a lot of goodies as standard. However, the Mazda3 needs a ton of features added on to come to the same level. I am considering the Grand Touring versions of both models, and feel that the GT Mazda6 offers better value. Also, considering that at that level they both cost nearly the same, I think the Mazda6 offers more car for the same money.

So, thoughts? Mazda3 or Mazda6?

As someone with both, I think I can help a bit.


I have a MY15 Mazda 6 and a MY14 Mazda 3. I drive the 6 primarily and my wife drives the 3 primarily. Both are the GT models. I got my wife's s GT Mazda 3 for $23k. No tech package.


I think both will work for you and your wife. The 3 is quite a bit smaller than the 6 bit of it is just you and your wife, it should be fine. Even of you have a child in the next year or 2, the car seat will fit, but it will be a little tight with the rear facing car seat the. It gets easier when you move up to the front facing seat. We were able to fix a rear facing seat in the 3, but again it was tight.


Trunk space is a bigger issue in the 3. There is practically non.


In terms of driving dynamics, I like the 6 better. It is bigger, but I feel like I have more control in the 6. I think it has better weight balance. Car seats fox a lot better in the 6 and if you have other adults in your backseat, they will appreciate the space in the 6 over the 3.
 

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I also looked at both before I decided, and since I'm here, you know which I got.

I had a Civic for 10 years and have always liked that size car, but driving the 3 and the 6, I thought the 3 was a little more fun to drive, it also was not as smooth driving, certainly the 3 is a bumpier drive. The 6 is a better freeway cruiser, and I spend a lot of time on the freeway.

If you want white interior, 3 does not have it. I got the black espresso in the GT though originally I thought I would get the white, glad I didn't.
 

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Hey guys, I hate to be one to beat the dead horse, but I noted that a number of you didn't feel much of a difference in terms of performance between the 3 and the 6. Does that include the 3s? I'm starting a much better paid job that's a bit further away, and so I'm upgrading from my 2010 6i touring. Though I love that car, I have two "issues" with it:
1. Though for a N/A 4 banger it is quick, I'm tired of other econoboxes nowadays being able to kick my butt from a dig. I recently had a chick being a real pain in the butt in a '15 Altima walk all over me getting onto a freeway, and recently having driven a few 6-ish second to 60 cars, my 6 is definitely feeling dated.
2. Gas mileage is average, at best. I'm getting around 25-26 with mixed 30% city and 70% highway driving. My new job will be putting me about ten miles further out, so I'll be driving about 45 minutes each way vs my 35 minutes I'm currently doing.

I've always been a firm believer in supporting companies that do things right by putting money where my mouth is, and now that I can afford it, I would LOVE to support Mazda with how far they've come as a small car company. As such, I've been stuck between a 3s GT and a 6GT. Realistically, budget isn't much of an issue, as I'm also considering an ATS with the 2.0t, which is about 5k more than the 6GT, but I don't know that I'd be as happy putting my money in that as I would be in a Mazda. I don't have a family yet, and am not considering one for a number of years, so size isn't TOO much of an issue, as even at my height (6'), test driving the 3 wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought. And needless to say, driving dynamics are important to me, as Mazda taught me with the test drive of my current car ;)

Sorry for the long post, I've been following your forums since I got my 6i four years ago, and now have enough of a reason to reach out :)
 

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Hey guys, I hate to be one to beat the dead horse, but I noted that a number of you didn't feel much of a difference in terms of performance between the 3 and the 6. Does that include the 3s? I'm starting a much better paid job that's a bit further away, and so I'm upgrading from my 2010 6i touring. Though I love that car, I have two "issues" with it:
1. Though for a N/A 4 banger it is quick, I'm tired of other econoboxes nowadays being able to kick my butt from a dig. I recently had a chick being a real pain in the butt in a '15 Altima walk all over me getting onto a freeway, and recently having driven a few 6-ish second to 60 cars, my 6 is definitely feeling dated.
2. Gas mileage is average, at best. I'm getting around 25-26 with mixed 30% city and 70% highway driving. My new job will be putting me about ten miles further out, so I'll be driving about 45 minutes each way vs my 35 minutes I'm currently doing.

I've always been a firm believer in supporting companies that do things right by putting money where my mouth is, and now that I can afford it, I would LOVE to support Mazda with how far they've come as a small car company. As such, I've been stuck between a 3s GT and a 6GT. Realistically, budget isn't much of an issue, as I'm also considering an ATS with the 2.0t, which is about 5k more than the 6GT, but I don't know that I'd be as happy putting my money in that as I would be in a Mazda. I don't have a family yet, and am not considering one for a number of years, so size isn't TOO much of an issue, as even at my height (6'), test driving the 3 wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought. And needless to say, driving dynamics are important to me, as Mazda taught me with the test drive of my current car ;)

Sorry for the long post, I've been following your forums since I got my 6i four years ago, and now have enough of a reason to reach out :)
I don't have that problem much with my 6, but I also have a MT so I can keep the engine revving at mid-range to get the torque I need. Can't say how it'd be with an auto.

My commute is 8mi city and 22mi highway one way. I average about 32MPG, or about 450-480mi range according to the DIS (though I still have 2gal left when the darn thing reads 0). I'm not so worried about everyone passing me up (let them, it's their gas money and I keep it at 70). However, seeing as you're from SoCal it's definitely a different story.

Sure, there's other 4cyl midsize that could probably outgun my 6 if they wanted to, but I enjoy the balance of what the 6 offers. The highway ride is smooth, NVH is very minimal outside the tire noise when cruising at 70MPH, it handles curves quite well and is plenty roomy.
 

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Mazda6 hands-down if you are going to have anyone in the backseat. The week we had a Mazda3 loaner, my wife and son (who is only 7) were feeling really cramped. We went to Sam's and almost couldn't fit the normal stuff in the car lol. Get the 6. You won't regret it.
 

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I'm tired of other econoboxes nowadays being able to kick my butt from a dig. I recently had a chick being a real pain in the butt in a '15 Altima walk all over me getting onto a freeway, and recently having driven a few 6-ish second to 60 cars, my 6 is definitely feeling dated.
If one of your top 3 requirements are acceleration performance then the 6 isn't your car, it's not slow but not quick either.
2.0T ATS would be much quicker but GM reliability sucks, my family used to be loyal customers including me but tired of visiting the dealer service shop so no more GM's for us.

Biggest advantage going with the 6 vs other mid-size family cars, is fuel economy, handling, precise steering, good looks.
 
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