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The 2014 Mazda 6: What the critics say

How did the all-new Mazda 6 fare with the critics? The price starts at $20,880.

Popular Mechanics
“Yep, she’s a looker.” But there’s a lot more to the all-new Mazda 6 than its “distinctive hood line and bold fenders.” Roomier than the previous 6 and significantly more fuel efficient, it’s also set up, as most Mazdas are, to be fun to drive. It’s hard to find fault with the 6’s new four-cylinder gas engine, but an optional 2.2-liter diesel—due to arrive midyear—is the “must-have” choice. It “packs a mountain of buttery smooth torque,” making acceleration “a delight.”

EdmundsInsideLine.com
Mileage numbers on that diesel should also turn some heads. “If our rough calculation of 37 mpg is correct,” there soon could be a large new flock of potential buyers discovering what a diesel-powered sedan can be when it’s built by engineers who are “laser-focused on oneness between driver and vehicle.” Our only complaint about the 6? The interior simply isn’t plush enough for a car that’s “trying to blur the lines between family car and luxury car.”

Car and Driver
But give Mazda credit: The brand “has wisely chosen to go its own way” as it tries to grab more buyers. The result is a car that offers a “nearly perfect blend of feel, comfort, and control.” Compared with its many nondescript rivals, it also has “more character lines than Johnny Depp.” 

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