It's not really a surprise that this Mazda 6 doesn't have the same enthusiast appeal as its predecessor, because it is aimed squarely at Toyota Camry and Honda Accord shoppers, who have signaled their preference for utility over performance. And this particular vehicle, the 6i with the 170-hp four-cylinder, is the economy model of the Mazda 6 lineup. So, while it may be a little underwhelming performance-wise, it definitely stands up as a good value. For less than $25,000, you get a nice-looking sedan with a well-designed interior, seating for five people with a roomy back seat, and a good-sized trunk. Any buyers who need a little "zoom zoom" from of their Mazda 6 need to opt for the 6s with the 272-hp V-6.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor