The 2015 Mazda6 landed last year into the thick of one of the most interesting mid-size sedan markets in many years.
Just a year earlier, for 2013, the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and Honda Accord were all-new, and while each of those models took quite a different path, it's the Fusion that's definitely the closest rival to the Mazda in the thick of the mid-size sedan market, a year after several important models--the Fusion, the Altima, and the Accord--have received complete redesigns.
The Ford Fusion is also radically different this year, with a rakish new design and the V-6 model replaced by a lineup of strong yet efficient EcoBoost turbo fours.
The Nissan Altima gets up to 38 mpg on the highway and feels like a more mature, almost luxurious sedan this time around.
Meanwhile, the Honda Accord is due to get a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) like the Altima, with four-cylinder models, but it's keeping the V-6 option.
The Subaru Legacy remains the way to go if you want all-wheel drive; and it's getting completely redesigned for 2015, with a more refined interior and better infotainment.
The Kia Optima is another alternative, offering one of the strongest sets of features for the money, as well as a quick yet economical Turbo variant.
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|25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4|
|Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door Sedan EX||4-Door Sedan I4 2.5||4-Door Sedan 2.5i|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel|
|Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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