At this time, the Mazda6 is one of the most dated entries in this class, with nearly every other entry (except the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger) having been redesigned more recently.
The Hyundai Sonata remains one of the most competitive entries in the segment, thanks to its roomy cabin, fashion-forward design, and fuel efficiency; but its numb steering remains a flaw.
The Kia Optima has many of the Sonata's attributes, but slightly better steering and Euro-look styling that some might prefer.
Those looking only at the top-of-the-line V-6 Mazda6 's' Grand Touring should also consider the Nissan Maxima.
The Maxima has been completely redesigned for 2013, with more of a focus on refinement, smoothness, and cabin appointments and less of an emphasis on handling--although it does boast an appealing design and almost luxury-car level of detailing inside and out.
Honda completely redesigned the Accord this year, too, and gave them more efficient powertrains and a more fun-to-drive character.
Even V-6 models now return 34 mpg on the highway.
The Toyota Camry was redesigned last year and given a new instrument panel and a somewhat crisper driving demeanor, but it doesn't look much different than the outgoing car, leaving the Mazda6 more visually interesting.
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