by, 03-01-2012 at 06:42 AM (414 Views)
The 2012 Mazda Mazda6 ranks 7 out of 19 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 30 published reviews and test drives of the Mazda Mazda6, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Test drivers think the 2012 Mazda6 is one of the best-handling and most fun-to-drive affordable midsize cars.
The 2014 Mazda6 is ideal for midsize car shoppers who want some excitement in their daily commute. The automotive press says the Mazda6 offers lively handling, precise steering and good brakes. They also love that it has a six-speed manual transmission on the base model, which is uncommon among midsize sedans.
Like many midsize cars, test drivers report that since the base four-cylinder engine is slightly underpowered, the optional V6 is the preferred choice. Overall though, they still think either engine will satisfy most midsize car buyers. The Mazda6ís fuel economy is one of its weaknesses. It gets fewer miles per gallon than most cars in the class. Cars like the Hyundai Sonata and 2011 Kia Optima offer an optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces more horsepower than the Mazda6ís V6 engine, and gets better fuel economy.
Though it's essentially the same size as the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord, the Mazda6 manages to appear a little leaner and more purposeful. It's attractive from any angle, but the sculpted front fenders and broad wheel arches give it an especially aggressive look from the front. It remains a little more conservative (which some might appreciate) from the front compared to other recently redesigned models like the Mazda3 and Mazda5. Inside, the Mazda6 feels sporty, even in base trims, with flowing lines, hooded instruments, and a smaller-size three-spoke steering wheel.
The interior of the Mazda6 is another one of its strong suits. Reviewers say the interior is spacious and comfortable, even for tall adults. The massive trunk is also well-liked by test drivers for its capacity and the ease of loading cargo.
The 2012 Mazda6 won't let you down in any way with respect to seating comfort, cargo space, or ride quality. Front seats are a little more supportive than most in this class, the backseat is good enough for adults, and the trunk is the largest in this class, at 16.6 cubic feet. Although the release for the rear seatbacks is a little clunky, they fold forward to a flatter position than most, too. And for those used to the higher levels of road noise in some of Mazda's other vehicles, the 6 is surprisingly refined and quiet inside.
If youíre looking for a sporty midsize sedan thatís practical and fun to drive, the 2012 Mazda6 should be on your list.