• An All-Wheel Drive Mazda6? Yes, Please! NHTSA Listings Show Possible AWD Model [News]

    [Photo: Mazda]

    The Mazda6 is changing in a big way for 2018. It’s getting a power bump, for a start

    Seductive looks. Affordable price. And now, possibly even more surefooted, all-wheel drive handling. Automotive journalists have lauded Mazda’s mid-size sedan for its appealing Kodo design language and its well-mannered handling prowess against its competition. However, the current generation isn’t getting any younger. Thanks to its pleasing aesthetics, both inside and out, and the handling, the Mazda6 has aged gracefully. But it’s time for a refresh. Mazda realizes that, and they’re pulling out all the stops with the new Mazda6. The car sports new styling and a new heart, but it could also get all-wheel drive sooner than expected.

    On the new heart front, the Mazda6 is getting the turbocharged 2.5-liter SkyActiv engine currently in service under the hood of the larger CX-9 crossover. As a result, power gets a respectable bump from 184 to 250 (on regular fuel, power drops to 227). Torque also climbs mightily, to 310 lb-ft. That should bring the new Mazda6 up to speed with the competition. But Mazda can still do one better. What’s something that competing mid-size sedans in this class don’t have?


    New Mazda6 could have AWD version
    [Source: NHTSA website]

    The New Mazda6 Could Get All-Wheel Drive Too, According to NHTSA Crash Test Reports

    Yep, the new Mazda6 may get all-wheel drive, and sooner than we expected. Opening up to CarAdvice in December, Mazda’s CEO Masahiro Moro floated the possibility of all wheel drive in the 3 or the 6. Such is demand for all-wheel drive in fact, that the company is investigating ways to overcome platform limitations with the aforementioned turbocharged engine. Said Moro:

    “Four-wheel drive becomes a premium queue for US consumers and obviously I have asked our R&D department to think about how we can accommodate four-wheel drive capability in the future.”

    Now, postings on the NHTSA results showing crash tests for the new Mazda6 indicate an all-wheel drive version (“4 DR AWD” pictured above). While Mazda has not officially confirmed all-wheel drive, it would make sense to market that model. Most importantly, it would certainly help rein in the waywardness you might get sending so much torque through a front-wheel drive platform. It plays into Moro’s astute observation of demand for AWD sedans, particularly on the East Coast. Including AWD would also signal the brand’s intention to move into a “premium-esque” market, distancing Mazda from its more humble, economy-minded origins.

    Would you buy a Mazda6 against its competitors if it did feature all-wheel drive? Let us know what you think in the comments! Check back to TFLcar.com and subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow on YouTube for the latest news, views, and real-world reviews! Find out more about the 2018 Mazda6 and its turbocharged powertrain below:



    Zach Butler
    Zach Butler
    Zach is a writer and Managing Editor for TFLcar. He has held a lifelong passion for cars, with a particular interest in hot hatchbacks and off-road rigs. Born and raised in Colorado, Zach holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Colorado State University, and is based in Boulder, Colorado.

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    16 thoughts on “An All-Wheel Drive Mazda6? Yes, Please! NHTSA Listings Show Possible AWD Model [News]

    1. I would LOVE to get a 2018 Mazda 6 with turbo power & AWD Control! I’m holding off on getting a Mazda 6 until Spring to see if this rumour is true. AWD would be a HUGE plus to help Mazda one up the competition. Mazda has offered AWD in the European/Australian market, so its high time N. America to get it as well.

    2. I love the idea, but I’ve wanted a 6 for a while now and once I actually get in one and drive it I have never liked it. The drive was fine, great considering the segment even. The interior and or lack of interior space has killed it for me each time. The from a former Abarth owner no less! Seemed like the Taurus to me inside with oddly cramped driver area for some reason.

      Hoping the redesign kills the console a little and makes it more open feeling.

    3. Absolutely!! I have a Subaru Forester XT now and would consider this car as a replacement if it had AWD. This is a must do for Mazda if it is to move with the market. With AWD this is a very big winner in my book for Mazda. I also own a Launch Edition MX-5 and I can tell you it is fantastic. Mazda knows how to build a great car…come on AWD for the 6.

    4. I owned a 2014 Mazda6, putting 54K miles on it over 3 years. It was a hoot and a half to drive, simply amazing handling for a FWD car. Overall fuel economy when I traded it was just over 35 mpg. I think an AWD version would be even more fun to drive.

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