2010 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. Its Competition

2010 Mazda Mazda6
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

In this group of vehicles, the Mazda6 arguably has the freshest appearance.

But those looking only at the top-of-the-line V-6 Mazda6 "s" Grand Touring should also consider the Nissan Maxima.

The Maxima has an aesthetically appealing package, with an especially well-sculpted exterior, but the driving experience is a bit disappointing with the CVT automatic—as it is with the Altima.

Mazda has a gem in its 3.7-liter V-6, which feels stronger than virtually any of its peers.

Overall, the Toyota Camry rides more softly.

It is the Buick of this group.

The Honda Accord and Nissan Altima are also quite fun to drive, but the Mazda feels the part, with a more cockpit-like interior.

The Hyundai Sonata was given a minor styling refresh for 2009, along with improved refinement, and it’s worth a look if you’re strictly seeking comfortable, reliable, or even luxurious transportation.

But like the Camry, the Sonata probably won’t raise your pulse.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Mazda Mazda6 is the choice for driving enthusiasts who are also compelled to make a practical, family-friendly selection.
TheCarConnection.com still rates the Honda Accord as the family-sedan champion, but the 2009 Hyundai Sonata lands solidly in the upstart tier that includes the Mazda6, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Malibu.
The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid melds the automaker's proven, hybrid system into America's bread-and-butter sedan. What's not to like?
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
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17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas V6
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4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan I4 Manual GLS4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (SE)4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.54-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODContinously Variable
Detailed Spec Comparison
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