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2009 Mazda 6 Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Mazda 6: Not So Different from the World Car

October 15, 2009

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In August I was walking around Tokyo while on vacation, and I spotted this red Mazda Atenza. Now I know the world-car version of the Mazda Atenza/6 is Mondeo-based and, so far as we know, nothing like our Mazda 6, but in that moment, the resemblance to our North American-market long-term Mazda 6 was striking. The shape of the headlamps is oh so close, and even the red paint looks similar to the mix used for our long-termer.

I peeped inside, and sure enough, it even had a similar looking light interior and an automatic transmission. Straw seat mats must be a JDM-only option.

Of course, I then got all wistful: I miss the Mazda 6 wagon.

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Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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