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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.
Though it's essentially the same size as the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord, the Mazda6 manages to appear a little leaner and more purposeful.
The 2012 Mazda6 is attractive from any angle, but the sculpted front fenders and broad wheel arches give it an especially aggressive look from the front. It remains a little more conservative (which some might appreciate) from the front compared to other recently redesigned models like the Mazda3 and Mazda5. Last year the Mazda6 earned a slightly different headlight and foglight design, along with a new 17-inch alloy wheel design and side mirrors with integrated turn signals (on top trims), but otherwise it's changed very little in recent years.
Overall, the interior looks and feels sportier than that of most other mid-size sedans. Even in base trims, with flowing lines, hooded instruments, and a smaller-size three-spoke steering wheel, there's an athletic impression. White-on-black instrumentation is standard on the Mazda6 Sport, while red-on-black gauge faces are used on Touring and Grand Touring editions.
If you want to escape the design boredom that often accompanies mid-size sedan ownership, the Mazda6 is the way to go.