The Mazda 6 is a fine automobile but not particularly noteworthy or outstanding, in my opinion. That's unfortunate, because, as my colleagues have intimated, the previous-generation 6 was more of a sporty free spirit than the new car, which seems to just want to blend in with its mainstream peers.
I expected a mid-size car with this much displacement -- 3.7 liters -- to feel quicker than this Mazda, but that's not to say that it doesn't have plenty of passing power. The steering is too light for my liking but it is very accurate. Handling is better than most mid-size sedans', but the ride quality is average at best. Cabin materials inside are average, too, but the fits are quite good. This is a personal preference thing, but I'm not a big fan of the new 6's styling, which tries to be more organic than before; unlike Eric, I prefer the looks of the Chevy Malibu and the Ford Fusion to this 6's appearance.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor