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Buying a car that’s both exciting and practical is important for growing families. Often finding a car that merges the two is hard to find. But that’s where the 2012 Mazda 6 may be able to answer the call, over its rivals.

Comfortable Interior and Better Design

The 2012 Mazda 6 hasn’t seen a redesign or a complete overhaul, but it’s still valued for its “sporty driving dynamics,” according to Edmunds. Edmunds’ team also complements the car’s interior room and its design, and says it’s better than the 2012 Malibu, which skimps in places. The result, according to U.S. News, is a car that outranks the Malibu.


The Mazda 6 ranks fourth overall in terms of the affordable midsize car segment, according to U.S. News and World Reports. Part of the reason for its ranking 4 out of 19, it that it’s “fun to drive,” according to the publication. It ranks the Mazda out ahead of competitors like the Prius, Passat, Accord, and Altima, as well as the industry leading Toyota Camry.

The more expensive model of the car packs a 3.7 liter V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 6 performs poorly in terms of fuel economy, however, only beating out the Dodge Avenger and the Mitsubishi Galant, according to Automobile Magazine.

Is it worth the drive?

Three cars outrank the Mazda in its segment, according to U.S. News. They are the Ford Focus and its hybrid kin, as well as the Hyundai Sonata. So, technically, if you’re not in the market for a hybrid vehicle, on the Focus and the Sonata are better ranked. But do they drive better?

It may come down to a test drive of the 6 and Fusion. But it’s important to recognize what features matter most to you. If it’s energy efficiency, the Mazda 6 will not be your choice. But if it’s drive, it may very well be.

Before you pick you next car, be sure to see how much insurance will cost for the vehicle. Get multiple insurance quotes before you buy auto insurance online and make sure you’re saving on both your car and your insurance.
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