2010 Mazda6i Touring Plus

Mazda may bill the 6 as its midsize sport sedan, but don't let the advertising fool you. As my colleagues have noted, the new 6, at least in this four-cylinder guise, seems to trade in its racing shoes for a pair of comfortable loafers.

That spells bad news for the enthusiast looking to wring a four-door across mountainous switchbacks, but for most shoppers, the latest 6 won't disappoint. Mazda mixes a good helping of style and content into its bread-and-butter sedan, and the interior alone - the microsuede door inserts and plush seat fabrics go a long way to clean up the cabin - is out of this world.

I've been rather impressed with Mazda's automatic transmissions as of late -- they've been both silky and responsive, and this five-speed is no exception. I'm a little surprised Mazda passed on a six-speed - not only does the 6's kissing cousin, the Ford Fusion, offer such a transmission on its four-cylinder model, but it could boost fuel economy figures over the already impressive 21/30 mpg city/highway figure...

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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