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2014 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. Its Competition

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The 2014 Mazda6 will land right in the thick of the mid-size sedan market, a year after several important models--the Fusion, the Altima, and the Accord--have received complete redesigns.

The Nissan Altima gets up to 38 mpg on the highway and feels like a more mature, almost luxurious sedan this time around.

Meanwhile, the Honda Accord is due to get a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) like the Altima, with four-cylinder models, but it's keeping the V-6 option.

Subaru's Legacy is the way to go if you want all-wheel drive, while the Kia Optima offers one of the strongest sets of features for the money, as well as a quick yet economical Turbo variant.

The Ford Fusion is also radically different this year, with a rakish new design and the V-6 model replaced by a lineup of strong yet efficient EcoBoost turbo fours.

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The 2014 Mazda 6 is a beauty, with refined, perky powertrains and a driving experience that mostly delivers on what the exterior suggests.
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The 2014 Ford Fusion has stunning good looks, satisfying performance, and top-notch safety and fuel economy--all without skimping on the interior space and ride comfort that really means something to mid-size sedan shoppers.
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The 2014 Honda Accord keeps with this model's super-sensible reputation; but with accessible safety technology, great fuel economy, and unparalleled composure, the affordable models in the lineup are better deals than they've ever been.
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The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
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Following improvements that hit all the right spots, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a solid choice for those who don't mind a CVT.
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The 2014 Subaru Legacy continues to represent a good value as a sporty, affordable, all-wheel-drive sedan that's fun to drive--as long as you're not looking for the latest gadgets and gimmicks.
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25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
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