Japanese automakers have finally figured out what the Germans have known for years: Family sedans don't have to be boring. Following on the heels of Nissan's exhilarating overhaul of the Altima, Mazda will soon introduce the zoomy 6 sedan. With a sport-tuned suspension, svelte styling, optional 219-horsepower V6, and yes, room for five, the 6 should be the perfect antidote for your Accord-inspired doldrums. Honda, are you paying attention? Available late this year. Price not set.
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