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in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,923 - $17,962
Original MSRP: $20,480 - $29,810
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Mazda Mazda6 Review

Review Last Updated: 6/3/14

Critics agreed that nimble handling and a powerful available V6 make the 2012 Mazda6 one of the most fun-to-drive cars in its class.

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Reviewers said the 2012 Mazda6's standard four-cylinder engine produces adequate power for most, but some noted that it can be noisy during acceleration. They preferred the available V6, which they said offers much more thrilling acceleration. The Mazda6 is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. Critics appreciated having the choice, and they said the manual is particularly easy to shift. The 2012 Mazda6 gets an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission, which is slightly below-average for a four-cylinder car in this class, while the V6 model gets 18/27 mpg, which is also a bit low for a six-cylinder 2012 midsize car. Test drivers said the Mazda6 has a comfortable ride, as well as agile handling that help it stand out in the class. They added that strong brakes and responsive steering further contribute to the Mazda6's engaging driving experience.

Reviewers liked the smooth, flowing lines used in the 2012 Mazda6's interior design, and they appreciated the high-quality materials in the cabin. Test drivers said the front and rear seats provide plenty of head- and legroom, and at 16.6 cubic feet, the Mazda6's trunk is one of the largest in the class. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Available features include leather upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a moonroof, an upgraded Bose stereo and dual-zone automatic climate control. Some critics were disappointed with the sound quality of the standard stereo and of the available Bose system.

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Other Cars to Consider

Automotive journalists loved the 2012 Ford Fusion’s agile handling, and they appreciated the power provided by the available V6 engine. Like the Mazda6, the Fusion has one of the largest trunks in the class. When it was new, the Fusion won both our 2012 Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families award and our 2012 Best Affordable Midsize Car for the Money award.

The four-cylinder 2012 Toyota Camry gets great fuel economy for a midsize car, and the V6 gets very good fuel economy for a six-cylinder midsize car. Reviewers wrote that the Camry’s base engine is nearly silent during acceleration, and they loved the Camry’s smooth ride and tasteful interior design.

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