The all-new Mazda6 is a breath of fresh air in a market that is saturated with the standard Camrys, Accords, and Altimas. The 2009 Mazda6 combines sexy styling, creature comforts, and performance into a package you wouldn’t expect from your typical sedan. The Mazda6 is much larger than its predecessor, coming in with almost seven additional inches, four of which give the back seat passengers more legroom. The new styling is athletic, with a wide stance, optional HID headlights, muscular fender flares, and a trunk that looks like it has a built-in spoiler. The chassis is also stiffer, to accommodate the sportiness that comes from the 3.7L V6.
We tested the Grand Touring model with the six-speed automatic transmission paired to the 3.7L V6 engine that produces 272 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. The Grand Touring model, with an as-tested price of $28,26, includes many of the amenities we have come to rely on like navigation, a sunroof, and a quality sound system but you can also select creature comforts that are usually only found in near luxury vehicles like blindspot monitors, rain-sensing wipers, and auto-dimming mirrors. Overall, with the styling, performance, price, and luxury-esque perks, the Mazda6 is sitting comfortably at the top of its class.