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The Mazda6 has a sleek, curvaceous design that manages to escape the boredom and design obsequiousness that's so common among affordable mid-size sedans.
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There’s a hint of RX-8 in the front fenders, the fast rear roofline and backlight suggest speed, and the sheetmetal is wrapped tightly around the 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
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sloping roofline, RX-8-inspired fenders and optional LED taillights, which lend sportiness to the sedan

it's an attractive package from just about any angle

Inside, however, the odd decorative trim pieces resemble piano black trim that's been mauled by a bear.

The exterior styling stands out a little, with pronounced front fenders.

The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 got a full redesign two years ago, and while we're not completely won over by its driving experience or that it's significantly larger, we think its styling is a hit inside and out.

The last-generation Mazda6 was a nice, pert sport sedan, a half-size smaller than most mid-sizers, but the current version is basically the same size 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.

The Mazda6 enters 2011 with a slightly different headlight and foglight design, along with a new 17-inch alloy wheel design. Also, upper trims (Touring Plus and Grand Touring) get new side folding mirrors with integral turn signals.

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.

Also as part of this year's subtle refresh, the Mazda6 gets a new steering wheel design, and the center stack gets a few more trim accents, in addition to a new Multi-Information Display.


The Mazda6 has a sleek, curvaceous design that manages to escape the boredom and design obsequiousness that's so common among affordable mid-size sedans.

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