The Mazda 6 is a very nice, slightly sportier alternative to most players in the vast phalanx of mid-size cars. Like my colleagues, I was pleased by the performance of the four-cylinder/automatic pairing, but the powertrain still requires some extra planning and lots of throttle for highway-merging exercises. Cruising down the road, the 6 provides a very comfortable ride, although it felt a bit oversprung and harsh at times.
The front seats definitely lend to the Mazda's general feeling of comfort. I was even refreshed by their grippy, old-school-looking cloth covers. As a father, though, I'd be very hesitant to buy a car with this particular cloth interior, because it looks like it'd be quite hard to clean. Plus, Mazda no longer offers a versatile 6 wagon, which would also turn me off as a potential buyer.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor