Open Wide - 2009 Mazda 6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6: Open Wide

May 04, 2009

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It looks like the Mazda 6 is smiling even with the hood open - maybe it's happy about the adequate inline four it's got. I find the four cylinder engine to be perfectly fine - if this is the new face of making due with less then I can live with it.

There are now just two midsize sedans with a four cylinder engine I actually like. The Mazda 6 and Honda Accord. Is the Mazda's powerful? Not really. Does it drone at times? Yep. Still it's OK. The Mazda 6 is now the kind of car you drive to work and forget for eight hours, then you go home (nice enough inside) and forget about it till morning. The Mazda 6 has lost something compared to the previous version - the new car is fine but not special. Welcome to the Camry side of life Mazda.

Brian Moody, Automotive Editor

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