If you'd like a new midsize sedan that will turn heads as you drive along Liberty Street but you don't want to pay over the odds for the pleasure, the 2021 Mazda6 is the car you need to be in.

The 2021 Mazda6 is a midsize sedan that reminds us why the midsize sedan segment was the most fiercely competitive segment of the market until SUVs started to dominate in the way they do today. Part of the beauty of the Mazda6 is that it isn't just one of the most stunning mainstream midsize sedans out there right now; the Mazda6 gives all midsize sedans a run for their money, including genuine luxury models costing twice as much or more.

  

Stunning choices 

Some people buy cars for no reason other than to fulfill a need, but others buy cars for more reasons than that. If you're someone who loves cars and driving but you also need something practical, comfortable and affordable, the Mazda6 checks all those boxes and more.

You'll probably agree the interior of the Mazda is one of the most stylish and sumptuous in its class when you climb in for the first time, but even an interior as good as this still isn't quite as stunning as the exterior design of the latest Mazda6. It's definitely a four-door sedan, but it also boasts sleek lines and a fastback-style roofline that offers more than a hint of sporty coupe.

Buyers have six different trim levels to choose from, which start with the entry-level Sport and then go to the Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Carbon Edition and the range-topping Signature model. The Mazda6 is unpretentious enough to blend in at Community Park but stylish enough to make the right impression parked outside Beaver Hills Golf Club.

   

Appropriately powerful and composed

You now have two different engines to choose from in the 2021 Mazda6 and both of them are modern four-cylinder units. The base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four that puts out 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque and sends that power to the front wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission. This engine is perfect for commuting to Stanleyville, Bassett, Collinsville or beyond every day, and it's pretty good on gas into the bargain with the EPA rating it at 26 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined. 

If you're happy to use a little more gas and you want something a little livelier and sportier the Mazda6 is happy to oblige with a turbocharged alternative. That alternative powerplant is a 2.5-liter turbo-four that produces 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, which once again goes to the front wheels through that six-speed automatic transmission. This more powerful engine does use a little more gas than the base engine, but it's still more efficient than a similar size SUV with EPA ratings of 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined.

Everything you need and then some 

The feature set of the 2021 Mazda6 kicks off in fine style with a list of standard features and equipment that has contributed to almost perfect ratings for overall safety from the NHTSA and the IIHS. The NHTSA gives the Mazda6 five stars and the IIHS has given the Mazda its coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating. All models come standard with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors, while higher trim levels also get the likes of a head-up display and a surround-view camera system.

Many buyers will be delighted with what they find comes standard in the entry-level Mazda6 Sport. This base model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless start, dual-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, an electronic parking brake, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.

Top-level Signature models come with a set of standard features you'd expect from a luxury model such as wood trim, high-quality Nappa leather upholstery, a surround-view camera system, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, an 11-speaker premium Bose sound system and plenty more besides. 

Test-drive Mazda6 in Martinsville, VA

IFrom an entry-level model that looks and feels like a mid-range model to a top-spec model that could easily pass as a luxury model from a prestige brand, the 2021 Mazda6 is an incredible mix of style, practicality, sophistication, quality and superb value for money.

Don't just take our word for it though. Come and see for yourself what the 2021 Mazda6 has to offer with a test drive from Nelson Mazda today here at 201 Commonwealth Boulevard, Martinsville, VA.

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