1996 Mazda MX-6

  • 1996 Mazda MX-6 Base Coupe

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      2.0L I4
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      2.5L V6
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1996 Mazda MX-6 Review

Great for those windy country roads.

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The 1996 Mazda MX-6 is a hybrid car and is sporty while at the same time being economical for commuters. It's available in a base and LS model with a more luxurious M-Edition. A two-liter three-cylinder engine powers the base model while the LS and the M-Edition sports a 2.5-liter V-6. All three models have standard transmissions, so this is an excellent choice for those who love shifting their own gears.

The 1996 Mazda MX-6 is a very reasonably priced car and the two higher-end models feature aluminum alloy wheels and a number of other excellent options such as ABS systems for safety. Like most cars from this well-known and respected Japanese manufacturer, it handles and takes corners very well. All three models are noted for exceptional braking and handling and few problems. The only compliant with consumers is that the engine on the base model tends to develop problems over time. Similar complaints though not as many have been made on the 2.5-liter V-6 engine.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed standard
Models: Mazda MX-6, Mazda MX-6 LS, Mazda MX-6 M-Edition

What's New

The 1996 Mazda MX-6 introduces the M-Edition.


The 1996 Mazda MX-6 is a two-door coupe with a somewhat sporty and tasteful look. Alloy wheels are optional on the base model and standard on the LS and M-Edition. A sporty rear spoiler and a power sunroof are also optional for the base model and standard equipment.


The 1996 Mazda MX-6 base model has buckets seats and tinted glass. Standard equipment includes an AM/FM cassette stereo system, power door locks and windows, a tilt steering wheel, power steering, a remote trunk release, and intermittent windshield wipers. Optional features available on the base and LS models include a power sunroof, four-wheel ABS brakes, a power antenna, and a keyless entry system. These options are standard on the M-Edition as are a leather seats and a leather wrapped steering wheel. There is also the option of a CD player with an automatic CD changer on the M-Edition. All three models also have a remote trunk release and cruise control. Cloth seating is standard with the base and the LS model, while leather seating is the standard on the M-Edition.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Mazda MX-6 base model was designed with sporty looks and gas mileage as a primary concern. The LS and M-Edition were designed with both of those concerns as well as performance and luxury in mind. The two-liter four-cylinder is more powerful than average and performs well. The 2.5-liter V-6 also performs well and gets up to highway speed in good time with good gas mileage to boot. All models receive high marks from drivers for performance, cornering, and braking. It can take extremely tight corners with the performance expected in a much more expensive sports car, making it a popular choice among young people. This is a superb choice for a ride in the country or a long road trip.


The 1996 Mazda MX-6 has driver and passenger air bags and power brakes on all three models. The LS and the M-Edition has standard four-wheel ABS systems, which is an option for the base model.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda MX-6: 20/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Very tight cornering
  • Two-liter engine gets great gas mileage
  • Engines perform well

You Won't Like

  • Lack of room in the backseat
  • Similar models by other manufacturers cost considerably less
  • Headroom can be a problem for drivers over six feet tall

Sum Up

Great for those windy country roads.

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