I understand why Mazda plus-sized the 6 for our market, but doing so sacrificed most of the car's distinctiveness. No doubt, the 6 remains a comfortable, nicely-appointed, efficient, and decent-driving sedan that provides great value for its sticker price. But I could say the same about the Accord, Malibu, Fusion, and several others. Like all those cars (with the possible exception of the Accord), the 6 could do with a bit more direct, heavier steering and a more aggressively tuned chassis.
Why would one choose a 6 then, you ask? Styling would be my reason. Mazda has done a great job translating its new design language from wild showcars like the Nagare to its production vehicles. The sharply arching fenders and unique seat fabrics might still be a bit much for conservative buyers, but they help the 6 stand out just a bit in its competitive field.
The other thing the 6 has going for it is its little brother, the Mazda 3, which offers similar content and a bit more "zoom-zoom" in a smaller, lower-priced package. That car's obvious appeal to younger, more performance-oriented customers means the 6 doesn't have to be all things to all people.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor