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STYLING | 9 out of 10
Curvaceous body panels look elegant and aren't ruined by any fussy details
The shape is stylish and fast
Car and Driver
Large, stylized gauges behind the steering wheel blend form and function well
Last year brought an all-new Mazda6; significantly larger than the one it replaces, this version appears lean and purposeful despite being relatively the same size as cars like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. 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 aren't many visual differences between the several trims of the 2010 Mazda Mazda6. Cars.com lists the few variations as either "16-inch steel wheels with full covers (standard on SV-I and Sport-i)" versus 17- or 18-inch "alloy wheels" on the more upscale trims, along with "LED taillamps" for the Grand Touring models and "dual exhaust outlets" for the V-6s. For the 2009 Mazda Mazda6, ConsumerGuide states that "four trim levels are available: SV, Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring," while an "i" or "s" suffix denotes either a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine under the hood, respectively.
Nearly every reviewer has something positive to say about the Mazda6 exterior. Cars.com describes the Mazda6 Mazda as having "a long hood with pronounced front fender flares that flow through the headlamps and mold with the front bumper." Motor Trend reviewers are impressed and feel that the Mazda Mazda6 has "a far more compelling presence than the outgoing iteration," thanks to "a sleeker profile, while expanded width and track dimensions impart a more aggressive stance." Automobile Magazine says that, "when viewed from behind, its clean design and twin sculpted exhaust diffusers (on V-6 models) are pure Lexus," and they appreciate that "its curvaceous body panels look elegant and aren't ruined by any fussy details." AutoWeek adds that the Mazda Mazda6 looks "nicely distinctive" and "certainly more stylish than the big sellers in the field."
The Mazda6 lineup is relatively limited, with only one body style. While the Mazda6 had come as a wagon and hatchback in its previous generation, Car and Driver reports there is "only the four-door sedan."
Inside, the Mazda6 has flowing lines and a sporty feel throughout, with hooded instruments and a smaller-size three-spoke steering wheel.
The interior of the 2009 Mazda Mazda6 gets lots of love from reviewers as well, and for good reason. Generally speaking, Road & Track reviewers gush about the "refined interior," while Automobile Magazine feels that "the interior is more elegantly designed" than any of those found on its competitors.
Taking a closer look at the instrument panel, ConsumerGuide appreciates that "all the gauges and controls are logically placed and easy to read," and they note the "large, stylized gauges behind the steering wheel blend form and function well." Cars.com finds more to love about the Mazda Mazda6's interior and says "the new rounded instruments and a three-spoke steering wheel integrate nicely into the T-shaped instrument panel." Motor Trend chimes in that "a 'cockpit' motif carries over up front," and "the dash and center stack show a clear Mazda imprint, with conventional analog gauges replaced by electroluminescent units in the top two trim grades."
Inside and out, the styling of the 2010 Mazda Mazda6 is a hit.