By KBB.com Editors
The most horrible day in a driving enthusiast's life is when he or she realizes it's time to trade-in the beloved coupe for a traditional family sedan. No company understands this angst better than Mazda, which is why it created a fun-to-drive four-door family sedan with racy good looks and a budget-friendly price tag. The Mazda Mazda6 is in the same market category as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, but offers a much more flavorful driving experience, not to mention a wide and varied lineup that includes a five-door hatchback and a wagon model. Although not as roomy inside or as large outside as the Camry, the Mazda6 is a more satisfying daily driver, with more than enough room to accommodate a family of four.You'll Like This Car If...
If you need the practicality of a midsize sedan, but you'd really like the driving involvement and performance characteristics of something with more personality, the Mazda6 makes for the perfect compromise.You May Not Like This Car If...
The Mazda6 is not as spacious as many of its competitors. Front-seat headroom is about an inch less than in the Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat and almost two inches shy of that in the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima.What's Significant About This Car?
For 2007, all Mazda6 cars receive anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control and side-curtain airbags as standard equipment. A new trim level, the Sport VE, is offered on both the four-cylinder i and six-cylinder s models.Driving It Driving Impressions
The thoughtful ergonomics of the Mazda6's interior, with the tilt and telescoping steering wheel, multiplicity of seat adjustments and variable lumbar support, make finding a comfortable driving position quite easy. Once settled behind the wheel, you can enjoy the exceptional driving experience.
The Mazda6 turns into corners with the level of response and precision you would expect from the best sports sedans; this is the kind of car that can have you searching for the long way home. The rear suspension is what Mazda calls "E-Type" and, in addition to contributing to the excellent handling, it also eliminates the conventional rear strut towers that intrude into the cargo areas of other designs.
Smart Hatchback Design
The five-door's clever design offers the functionality of a hatchback with the profile of a sedan.
Standard Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
We appreciated the standard tilt/telescopic steering wheel with touch controls.