2017 Mazda3 vs. 2017 Mazda6 in Downers Grove, IL

Comparing the Mazda3 and the Mazda6: Which Model is Right for You?

For Downers Grove, IL drivers looking for a sporty sedan that doesn't skimp on the convenience features, there are few sedans worth choosing over the 2017 Mazda3 and the 2017 Mazda6.

For the purposes of this comparison, we will be taking an in-depth look at the 2017 Mazda3 and the 2017 Mazda6. After you've had a second to review the information below, make your next stop our new inventory page where you'll be able to browse through the terrific selection of sedans we have at our Downers Grove, IL Mazda dealership.

2017 Mazda3 vs. 2017 Mazda6: The Similarities


Drive Train:

Both FWD models allow drivers to take their pick between two incredibly smooth transmission options. Available with both models, the SKYACTIV®-MT 6-speed overdrive transmission and the SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual-shifting each provide the smooth performance you expect from a Mazda.

Interior Features:

With optional HD Radio, heated seats, incredibly soft cloth upholstery and seating for up to five, both the 2017 Mazda6 and the 2017 Mazda3 are incredibly comfortable options for drivers in and around the Downers Grove, IL area to consider.

Additional interior features include:

  • Mazda Connect infotainment system with 7-inch screen, 6-speaker AM/FM/HD radio audio
  • Bluetooth phone pairing and audio streaming
  • Rearview camera
  • Push-button start and cruise control
  • Available Bose premium sound system


Safety Features:

With the Mazda3 and Mazda6 you'll drive with greater sense of safety experience thanks to Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE® active safety system. With up to nine available systems working in tandem, i-ACTIVSENSE® will help you to avoid collisions before they occur. i-ACTIVSENSE® Active Safety Features Include:

  • Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Close Proximity Warning 
  • Smart City Brake Support and Smart Brake Support w/ Collision Warning 
  • Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring 
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Adaptive Front-Lighting System w/ High Beam Control
  • Forward Obstruction Warning


If you still aren't convinced, both the 2017 Mazda3 and the 2017 Mazda6 come with 3-year/ 36,000-mile "Bumper to Bumper", Limited Powertrain and 24/7 Roadside Assistance warranties, all of which have been designed to provide you with peace of mind.

2017 Mazda3 vs. 2017 Mazda6: The Differences


The Mazda3's MSRP of $17,845 offers a price-conscious option over the Mazda6's MSRP of $21,945 and additional features.


The smaller Mazda3 is perfect for single people and their friends, or starter families: it can seat up to five passengers and has 96.3 cubic feet of interior space, while the trunk has a cargo capacity of 12.4 cubic feet. The larger Mazda6 also seats five passengers, but is a bit roomier, with 99.7 cubic feet of space on the inside. Its larger trunk accommodates up to 14.8 cubic feet of cargo.

Engine Performance & Specs:

Both models offers impressive fuel efficiency and smooth, powerful engine performance. For 2017, the Mazda3 is available with either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder or the more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's also standard in the Mazda6.

Model Engine Horsepower Torque
Mazda3 2.0L I-4 155hp @ 6000rpm 150 lb-ft. @ 4000rpm
Mazda6 2.5L I-4 184hp @ 5700rpm 185 lb-ft. @ 3250

In terms of fuel efficiency, it's a close call. The smaller Mazda3 is rated at 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, while the larger 2017 Mazda6 is rated at 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

Located in Downers Grove, IL, Pugi Mazda is the leading Mazda dealer in the greater Chicagoland area, including Chicago, Naperville and Wheaton. Our dealership is conveniently located at 1850 Odgen Avenue, and we're open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Stop by today, or give us a call at (877) 827-9086 to schedule a time to come in a compare the Mazda3 and Mazda6 for yourself.