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Used Car: 2010 Mazda Mazda6 Review

Review Last Updated: 7/27/12

The 2010 Mazda6 stands out from a sea of bland-looking midsize cars with its sleek, bold styling. This Mazda was also regarded as one of the best-handling and most fun-to-drive midsize cars when it was new.

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The 2010 Mazda6 does a lot of things well, but its stand-out features are its sporty styling and athletic performance. Reviewers praised its vast interior, big trunk and nimble handling when the Mazda6 was new.

The Mazda6 has a few downsides though. Its fuel economy is slightly less than what rivals deliver, and test drivers were somewhat disappointed with the base four-cylinder engine’s power. A few auto critics disliked some of the materials in the Mazda6’s cabin, which they said felt cheap compared with materials found inside higher-ranking 2010 midsize cars. Some competitors also outshine the Mazda6 with better safety and reliability scores.

The 2010 Mazda6 has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. A six-speed manual is standard, while five- and six-speed automatics are also available. With the four-cylinder engine, the 2010 Mazda6 gets up to 21/30 mpg city/highway, which a bit low for the class. Base models come with standard features that include power windows and door locks and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input. Upper trims add to that list with features like Bluetooth, a sunroof, leather seats, heated front seats and a Bose stereo.

Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control are all standard on the 2010 Mazda6. A blind spot monitoring system is available on higher trims, which is a feature typically seen on more upscale cars.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Toyota Camry isn’t as bold-looking as the 2010 Mazda6, but it’s more practical than the Mazda6 and gets a better reliability rating. Like the Mazda6, the Camry’s interior is roomy and comfortable. When the Camry was new, test drivers liked its refined, smooth engines and quiet ride, but it’s not a car they would consider sporty or especially engaging behind the wheel. The 2010 Mazda6 has better safety scores compared with the 2010 Camry, but the Camry beats the Mazda6 with better fuel economy.

The 2010 Ford Fusion has a lot in common with the 2010 Mazda6. When both cars were new, auto critics praised were impressed with the performance of both cars. The Fusion has an edge over the Mazda6 in that it offers all-wheel drive on V6 models, which is good for buyers who need assurance in bad weather. The Fusion’s interior is also practical, offering lots of space and good build quality. Practically speaking, the Fusion’s excellent reliability rating also makes it a smart choice among used midsize cars.

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