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2014 Mazda6: Second Take

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Read the full review of the 2014 Mazda6

The car’s looks, for one, seem like they’ll go a long way toward bringing shoppers into the showroom. “This is one of the best-looking cars I’ve driven in some time,” said Managing Editor David Thomas. “I don’t mean this is the best-looking sedan or midsize sedan I’ve driven; I’m talking looks across the segments including sports cars and luxury vehicles.”

Cars.com editors weren’t the only ones who noticed the Mazda6’s styling. “During each of my drives, the car turned heads,” said editor Jennifer Geiger. “I hadn’t received that much attention from pedestrians and other drivers since I first tested the Scion FR-S.”

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“The 6 also felt much more agile and maneuverable than competitors in the midsize class,” added Geiger. Though the ride is on the firm side, “this car really added an element of fun to boring errand runs,” she said.

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The cabin wasn’t without fault, though, as both Wiesenfelder and Mays thought driver’s-seat comfort would have been better with more rear travel, and they were disappointed in the cheap-looking vinyl sun visors. Wiesenfelder also called out some of the controls: “I was disappointed by the rough parting seams on the ends of the turn-signal and wiper stalks,” he said.

Wind and road noise also emerged as problems. “Like the last Mazda6, wind noise seems to be an issue. It’s coming from all around, not just a particular area,” Mays said. “Road noise was a significant issue during my test,” Geiger said. “It was pretty intrusive and a near-constant presence.”

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Though there are some areas that need improvement, the staff’s overall opinion of the Mazda6 was favorable. Wiesenfelder summed up the car by saying: “My big takeaway is it has some of the dynamics I like in the Ford Fusion but fewer of the annoyances.” Add in significantly better gas mileage — the 2014 Mazda6 gets an EPA-estimated 26/38 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission — it’s poised to be seen favorably by car shoppers too.

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Mike Hanley has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the auto industry. His primary focus is new vehicles, and he's currently a Senior Road Test Editor overseeing expert car reviews and comparison tests. He previously managed Editorial content in the Cars.com Research section. Email Mike Hanley

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