Recall that Mazda is the same company that makes the Miata, the epitome of the “slow car fast” mantra. That is, the idea that it’s more fun to drive a slow car at the absolute edge of its performance than it is to drive a fast car on public roads, where you can’t explore the limits of its grip.
That’s the way you drive the Mazda. Its engine is 2.5 liters and naturally aspirated, making 184 horsepower. In a car of this size, that puts it firmly in the “slow car” category. Not too slow, in my opinion, but slow enough that if you’re used to a V6 or a turbo mill you should hold off until the turbocharged version of the Mazda 6 hits showroom floors in 2018.
As per usual, Mazda has crushed the competition when it comes to steering feel and chassis composure. To be sure, it’s still a midsize sedan and won’t fool you into thinking it’s a canyon-carving monster. But it’s still more of a driver’s car than the midsize cars that Toyota, Ford and Chevy will sell you.