The 2014 Mazda Mazda6 makes the proposition to family car shoppers that a mid-size sedan doesn't have to be boring. Whereas this might have once been a revelation, lately this kind of statement has become more common than one might expect, with the segment increasingly divided into the MOR stalwarts (Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima) and the eye-catching, tech-laden sizzlers (Ford Fusion, Hyundai Elantra).
The completely redesigned Mazda MAZDA6 certainly fits into the latter category, thanks to its stunningly extroverted body work that doesn't scream 'attitude' so much as states it with an air of polished authority. Much like the post-college dating scene, however, looks aren't everything, and most buyers in this class are seeking the total package - a car that scores big in every important category rather than simply tickling the eyeballs. Does the MAZDA6 qualify in an all-around event? I took one for a week-long spin to find out.