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The tire's profile has nothing to do with the tread pattern and subsequently wear. That is total BS. A comparable 16" or 18" tire are going to wear the same, all else being the same (temperature, use, inflation, balancing, rotation, etc.). I would run from whoever told you that.
The Mazda6 comes with 17" rims that had 50 series tires on it. I imagine with a 16" that you could get away with a 55-60 series. That will make a difference in the ride, the ride will soften up due to the taller sidewall but the handling will suffer as the tire will flex more in turning and braking.
It has nothing to do with mileage, but if you want a taller tire for a smoother ride, a 17" might be a good way to go.
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