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In order to bring you one of the best, most comprehensive reviews on the Web for the 2010 Mazda Mazda6, TheCarConnection.com has driven this sporty sedan in both its four-cylinder and V-6 variants, then read competitive write-ups from a range of other review sources. Altogether, we'll help you make the right purchase decision.
- Responsive, agile handling
- Sporty, classy styling
- Strong acceleration (V-6)
- backseat for adults
- Cargo space
- Lack of contrast on uplevel instruments
- No rear-seatback release in trunk
- Bluetooth not offered on more affordable models
The Mazda6 was completely redesigned last year, becoming significantly larger and more refined, with a more powerful V-6 option. This new Mazda6 was designed expressly for the North American market, and it continues for 2010 unchanged.
Even though the 2010 Mazda Mazda6 is now about as large as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, it appears 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. There's a clear family resemblance to the high-performance Mazda RX-8 and the Mazda3, though the 3's front-end styling is more controversial. Inside, the Mazda6 has flowing lines and a sporty feel throughout, with hooded instruments and a smaller-size three-spoke steering wheel. White-on-black instrumentation is standard on the Mazda6 Sport, while red-on-black gauge faces are used on Touring and Grand Touring editions.
The 2010 Mazda6 is offered in "i" and "s" variations. Models with an "i" (base SV, Sport, and Touring) get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower. It's the most economical choice and actually feels quite peppy with either the six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission—if you haven't driven the V-6. With 272 horsepower, Mazda doesn't mess around this time, bringing a big 3.7-liter V-6 as the top-of-the-line Mazda6 engine. It churns out the torque and makes the Mazda6 feel like a muscle car from a standing start. Gas mileage isn't great, at 17 mpg city, 25 highway, but it uses regular, not premium, and it's a hoot to drive. Ratings are much better with the four-cylinder, up to 21/30 mpg, but that's not as good as most other equivalent sedans in this class.