Stardom has, thus far, eluded the Mazda 6, but it’s not for the automaker’s lack of trying. Often lauded by driving enthusiasts, and historically offered in sedan, 5-door hatchback, and station wagon body styles, the Mazda 6 has traditionally blended entertaining driving dynamics with an extra measure of practicality, a deserved reputation for reliability, and appealing good looks. And yet, for whatever reason, it has languished, appreciated only by a relative handful of family car buyers looking for something fun to drive and something different from what everyone else parks in front of their homes.
The redesigned 2014 Mazda 6 has the power to change that, despite its entry into the most crowded segment in the marketplace where it competes against some of the most capable vehicles boasting the freshest designs. In terms of styling, fuel economy, and safety, it ranks among the midsize sedan class leaders. Now add a comfortable interior, an affordable price tag, and a list of technology upgrades that some luxury brands can’t boast. That the new 2014 Mazda 6 simultaneously upholds the brand’s “Zoom-Zoom” approach to driving dynamics is simply icing on a very tasty cake.