Rate It: Does a Wagon Version Make the Mazda6 More Appealing?

Even though the current Mazda6 may be little more than a holdover until a new model comes in 2022, Mazda's midsize sedan still makes an alright option in the market. Despite that, there may be an option to make it more appealing: a wagon version. 

Like most good things in the automotive world, though, the Mazda6 wagon isn’t sold in our market. 

The wagon version of the Mazda6 can be had with either a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine or a 2.2 SKYACTIV-D diesel engine, good for 191 and 185 horsepower, respectively. Depending on the market, either engine can be equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Would a wagon version of the current Mazda6 make it more appealing to you, or would you rather hold out to see what the next-genertaion model has in store?

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fidelity101 (Forum Supporter)
fidelity101 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
9/23/20 4:15 p.m.

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
9/23/20 4:18 p.m.

Always wagon. 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
9/23/20 4:25 p.m.

If they'd put the 2.5l turbo with a manual in it. I'll take mine with blacked out window trim.

RustBeltSherpa
RustBeltSherpa New Reader
9/23/20 4:33 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

If the tow rating was at least 2,000#, instead of the sedan's 1,000#; I'd be all over it. Otherwise, I'm content with my CX-5 Sport with 6 speed manual....my "Miata on stilts" that DOES have a 2,000# tow rating.

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
9/23/20 4:35 p.m.

 

ProDarwin
ProDarwin MegaDork
9/23/20 4:46 p.m.

Honestly, not that appealing to me.  Its really long.

The 3 hatch is far more appealing.

jwagner (Forum Supporter)
jwagner (Forum Supporter) Reader
9/23/20 5:03 p.m.

I have a 3 hatch and I would trade it in for the 6 wagon.  Would like the manual though which is unlikely in the US.

Jesse Ransom
Jesse Ransom UltimaDork
9/23/20 5:58 p.m.

False dilemma.

This makes it more appealing and I'm still more curious about the replacement.

The windows look unduly squished, Mazda has lost... er, not lost their way, but they've wandered away from my tastes in the styling department... But as an actual wagon option it absolutely has my attention in a way the sedan absolutely does not.

Are they trying on a new, um, "design language" for the next generation?

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) UberDork
9/23/20 6:44 p.m.
Mndsm said:

Always wagon. 

Yes

Sonic
Sonic UltraDork
9/23/20 6:46 p.m.

Oh hell yes.  6 months ago we bought a lightly used E400 wagon.  If a Mazda6 wagon in signature trim with the turbo motor was available we totally would have bought that new from Mazda.  The 3 wasn't big enough and we are one of the 37 people in the US who don't want a small or mid SUV, mostly as we have a real SUV (Suburban 2500) for appropriate use. 

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
9/23/20 7:19 p.m.

Yes. Wanted one when they were first released. 

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
9/23/20 7:27 p.m.

For reference I shopped it against this cls 550 wagon. Another one that did not make it to the USA

 

 

 

agp1956
agp1956 New Reader
9/23/20 7:29 p.m.

If that were available in the United States, it would jump onto the short list for consideation when it comes time to replace Goldie III - our 2008 Kia Rondo LX-V6.

yupididit
yupididit PowerDork
9/23/20 7:40 p.m.

Wagons do not appeal to me.  Maybe if they had barn doors. They're annoying to load to be honest. Why make this when you have the cx5? The side profile is ugly lol. The only wagons that's appealed to me are w123 an drecentish Mercedes e-class wagons. But that's me, but hey I rather have a luxury SUV or pickup than a sedan wagon or CUV. Maybe I'm just uncool lol. 

MX_Brad
MX_Brad New Reader
9/23/20 8:46 p.m.

Needs less doors. 

CyberEric
CyberEric Dork
9/23/20 10:22 p.m.

I'm starting to get annoyed by all these great cars we can't have in the country I live in.

It reminds me of the 90s when I wanted the GTR, Evo, Euro M3, just to name a few, and couldn't get them in the US.

I think the outgoing 6 is a great car, and a wagon version with the extra utility would be on my radar for sure.

Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/23/20 10:43 p.m.

Yeah, im tired of thinking about the 6 wagon. This is not to mention the diesel version they had we also didn't get. There have been coulda-beens for literally as long as there have been Mazda6s. Do i wish my MS6 was an MS6 Wagon? Yes. That's still the biggest letdown in 6 history, but they have never stopped coming. 

pontiacstogo
pontiacstogo Reader
9/24/20 6:03 a.m.

Had a soul red 2016 manual Mazda 6 touring for a couple of years.  It was a great car - a little underpowered, but nimble and fun to drive.  I've lusted after the 6 wagons for as long as I can remember.  On a recent trip to NZ we ended up with one as a rental car.  Moving there early/mid next year and a 6 (Atenza) wagon is on the 'list' of cars I am considering buying.

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/24/20 6:32 a.m.

No power and no tow capacity makes Adrian sad

Underpowered
Underpowered New Reader
9/24/20 6:44 a.m.

wagon is always the best choice.   the wagon interest me,  the sedan has never been on my radar.

jerrysarcastic (Forum Supporter)
jerrysarcastic (Forum Supporter) Reader
9/24/20 6:51 a.m.

Wagon is always the answer.  Full stop.

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/24/20 7:23 a.m.

Does anyone know of any wagons sold in the USA that have decent tow capacity other than Volvo's?

LMan
LMan New Reader
9/24/20 8:59 a.m.

Looks too much like a '90s Taurus Wagon!

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/24/20 10:52 a.m.

In reply to LMan :

Used 1996 Ford Taurus Wagon Review | Edmunds

Nope, not seeing it at all.  Nothing  looks even remotely similar to me.

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) UberDork
9/24/20 11:06 a.m.

It's kind of long, but otherwise I'm a pro-wagon guy as well. We cross shopped against a Sonata recently and chose the Hyundai. A 6 wagon without a big price boost would have been a game changer.

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
9/24/20 11:08 a.m.

WAGONS, WAGONS, WAGONS !!!

Unfortunately, there are far too many would've, could've, should'v's applied to that market. I'd love to have the Volvo, but won't spend my money on a Chinese owned company, that only leaves a couple options for new wagon purchase next year. Sad.

 

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
9/24/20 11:10 a.m.

In reply to Jesse Ransom :

I think every car company out there has lost their way as far as stying goes......seems like one big ugly contest.

Munchen Fan
Munchen Fan New Reader
9/24/20 1:29 p.m.

We have sterotyped ourselves in the global market with the following characteristics, however we express our individual desires:

SUV's or trucks

Automatic, preferably CVT

Red, white, black, grey or silver

Automatic A/C, seats, locks, windows, ABS, control nannies for everything

And oh, make it electric with a 400 mile range, minimum. 

That's what we have coming to us, the shapes will vary slightly.

Automobiles for the 21st century.

 

Munchen Fan
Munchen Fan New Reader
9/24/20 1:29 p.m.

We have sterotyped ourselves in the global market with the following characteristics, however we express our individual desires:

SUV's or trucks

Automatic, preferably CVT

Red, white, black, grey or silver

Automatic A/C, seats, locks, windows, ABS, control nannies for everything

And oh, make it electric with a 400 mile range, minimum. 

That's what we have coming to us, the shapes will vary slightly.

Automobiles for the 21st century.

 

Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/24/20 11:03 p.m.

I'd love to have the Volvo, but won't spend my money on a Chinese owned company, that only leaves a couple options for new wagon purchase next year.

Now that you mention it, a sizable chunk of all wagons currently for sale only exist because of China. Never thought of that! 

Type Q
Type Q SuperDork
9/25/20 10:29 a.m.

I saw a current generation Mazda6 wagon in person the last time I was in Japan, I would love to have them available in the states.

 

However I also have never bought a new car in my life. So I begrudge Mazda nothing for aiming there product line up at other peoples preferences.  

Snrub
Snrub HalfDork
9/25/20 1:58 p.m.

Mazda has been trying to make an upmarket push. A few of the European manufacturers have started selling very premium priced wagons over here. It would be interesting to see if someone else could make the idea work, in the price range Mazda aspires to play in. Obviously, there are a bunch of "crossovers" which sell well and are just slightly lifted wagons, with some cheap looking plastic tacked on and a less attractive appearance. What if Mazda (or someone) could market a sleeker vehicle profile and "no ugly flat grey plastic" to create a near-premium vehicle segment? Fashion tends to be cyclical...

Jesse Ransom
Jesse Ransom UltimaDork
9/25/20 2:09 p.m.

In reply to Snrub :

I would love to see wagons become the aspirational choice. As much as I hate aspirational car purchases, and pretty much the word "aspirational" as well, it would be awesome for, well, you know, cars that drive well and are suitably packaged to become the mark of clued-in competence.

Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/26/20 11:57 p.m.
Jesse Ransom said:

In reply to Snrub :

 As much as I hate aspirational car purchases, and pretty much the word "aspirational" as well

Murica

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle SuperDork
9/27/20 7:05 a.m.

Unrelated to the Mazda6 except longroof...

 

I saw a new Jag XF Sportbrake in the flesh yesterday (while driving) and it was dead sexy. 

dxman92
dxman92 Dork
9/27/20 2:13 p.m.

Mazda 6 Wagon, yes please. Either that or make the CX-5 available with a third pedal again. I miss my manual CX-5..!

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
9/27/20 2:47 p.m.

If they sold the 6 Wagon here in the states, I'd own one right now instead of the Kia I just bought. They are beautiful, and wagons rule. 

MattGent
MattGent Reader
9/28/20 8:00 a.m.

We are shopping for a Subaru Outback replacement.  CVT reliability, hubs, fuel mileage, creaks and rattles.  Don't want another Outback.  Do want to tow a small camper <2000lb.

 

There are no other wagon options available below the luxury class.  Many of the compact SUVs are basically wagons with higher roofs.  But most won't swallow a MTB, or the roof is high enough to make it difficult for my GF to load a paddleboard on the roof racks.

 

Wish Honda or Toyota made an Outback-equivalent.

Tom1200
Tom1200 Dork
9/28/20 9:48 a.m.

I have a 6 speed manual Outback but would have probably bought a Mazda 6 wagon if it were available here. Granted the Outback worked out better as we do a fair bit of soft/off roading with it. Note my experience with the Outback has been good (100K miles)

Still think the 6 wagon looks great; I asked a Mazda guy and was told given all it would take to bring it here they simply wouldn't sell enough of them.............fair answer.

Snrub
Snrub HalfDork
9/28/20 10:35 a.m.
MattGent said:

We are shopping for a Subaru Outback replacement.  CVT reliability, hubs, fuel mileage, creaks and rattles.  Don't want another Outback.  Do want to tow a small camper <2000lb.

 

There are no other wagon options available below the luxury class.  Many of the compact SUVs are basically wagons with higher roofs.  But most won't swallow a MTB, or the roof is high enough to make it difficult for my GF to load a paddleboard on the roof racks.

 

Wish Honda or Toyota made an Outback-equivalent.

VW Golf SportWagon? The Ford Fusion Active is coming and looks pretty decent despite the cladding and slight lift.

Sounbwoy
Sounbwoy New Reader
10/6/20 5:33 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

I've been begging for a wagon since the current 6 came out. Give me a wagon with the diesel and a 6-speed manual, or whatever ( I drive a Mazda 5 now and love it) and I would probably break my "avoid the first run" rule... David Tracy from Jalopnik did a review a couple years ago when he was in Europe and liked it.

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
10/7/20 7:30 a.m.
jwagner (Forum Supporter) said:

I have a 3 hatch and I would trade it in for the 6 wagon.  Would like the manual though which is unlikely in the US.

Ditto.  I have a 2018 3 hatch 6MT.  I'd sell it in a heartbeat for the 2.5 with a manual in a wagon.  The extra cargo room would be greatly appreciated.  

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