1997 Mazda MX-6

  • 1997 Mazda MX-6 Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

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      2.0L I4
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  • 1997 Mazda MX-6 LS Coupe

    LS Coupe

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      2.5L V6
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1997 Mazda MX-6 Review

Performs like a dream with looks that can kill.

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The Mazda MX-6 is a front-drive sport coupe. It comes from the same assembly line in Michigan that produces the Mazda 626 and Ford Probe. Mechanically, it's identical to these vehicles as well, but this ride exudes class. Its looks alone can attract buyers, but what is under the hood is not a bad deal at all. It's priced into two different tier levels. Thrifty shoppers will appreciate the reasonably priced base MX-6 model, which comes with a two-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 114 horsepower. Meanwhile, for buyers that want something a little flashier, the more-expensive LS come with a 164 horsepower 2.5-liter V-6 engine. It is also loaded with standard equipment that includes bigger 15-inch tires, alloy wheels, fog lights, a power sunroof, air-conditioning, four-wheel brakes, and an anti-theft system.

The Range

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

What's New

The 1997 Mazda MX-6 remains largely unchanged except for a standard rear spoiler.


The 1997 Mazda MX-6 rides a wheelbase of 103 inches and has a turning radius of 17.7 feet. It's 181.5 inches long, 68.9 inches wide, and 51.6 inches tall with a curb weight of 2625 pounds. Both models have four-wheel independent suspension with anti-roll bars in both the front and back. The base model comes standard with 14-inch wheels, while the LS has standard 15-inch alloy wheels.


The 1997 Mazda MX-6 have a maximum seating capacity of four people. The maximum cargo volume inside the vehicle is 12.4 cubic feet. Passenger volume is roughly 80 cubic feet. Legroom up front is 44 inches, while the back seat has 27.7 inches of legroom for passengers. It comes standard with AM/FM radio, power locks and front windows, a rear defroster, dome light, and illuminated glove box. The LS trim comes standard with air-conditioning.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Mazda MX-6 comes standard with the five-speed manual transmission. Four-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. The overall driving experience is comfortable and convenient, thanks to features like power steering, power brakes, and cruise control. It handles exceptionally well and proves that it takes corners exceptionally well. It has a kick on highways, making lane switches, and passing incredibly easy. This is an unbelievably fun vehicle to drive with a great road feel and spunky engine.


The 1997 Mazda MX-6 comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags, whereas the LS trim has standard anti-theft alarm system and fog lights. NHTSA crash test ratings gave the MX-6 four stars for passenger safety and five stars for driver safety in frontal impact crashes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda MX-6: 16/21 mpg city/highway
Mazda MX-6 LS: 21/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable interior
  • Fun to drive
  • Peppy engine
  • Reliable
  • Smooth ride, great road feel

You Won't Like

  • Expensive
  • Tiny rear seat
  • Not enough options

Sum Up

Performs like a dream with looks that can kill.

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