The Mazda6 is back from its short hiatus. And to be honest, it was time away well spent, the new Mazda flagship sedan has returned with an extreme amount of attitude. While some of us were surprised to see the current KIA Optima and newly revised Nissan Altima & Ford Fusion, the new Mazda6 might be the winner in the contest of “Best Restyled Sedan”. Body arches and profile almost resembles that of the Infiniti M, which is also quite a beautiful vehicle.
After all the hype of how great it looks, the new 6 sadly starts to make you wonder, why? And to explain, the new 6 will only be available in sedan and wagon body trims.”Well, that’s just like the old models”. Yeah, well its 2012 and the American market doesn’t really show interest in the wagon segment, a Mazda6 coupe would’ve have been a better choice. And then there’s the engine availability; five different 4-cylinder engines, a 2.0 liter gas, a 2.2 liter turbodiesel, 2.5 liter gas, and both a 6-speed manual & automatic. Maximum power output comes from the range topping 189 horsepower 2.5 liter engine, 0-60 in 7.6 seconds.
Without a doubt the arches in the body panels and updated interior, makes the new Mazda6 one hell of a re-entry to the competitive mid-size segment. But limited body & engine options might hurt Mazda unless they can really position the 6 as a truly fun to drive car without a v6 or coupe option.