The Mazda6—introduced in 2002—replaced the 626 and showcased a new design language Mazda would soon implement across its model lineup. It never, however, presented a major challenge to heavyweight challengers like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
That might change with a redesigned 2014 Mazda6. The affordable sedan gives the American market a taste of Mazda's Skyactiv technology, which places an emphasis on performance and fuel economy. Significantly, the Mazda6 has the nimble road manners for which the Japanese automaker is known, but also returns up to 38 mpg on the highway.