2009 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring (review)

For 2009, the Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring has grown into a formidable competitor in the midsize sedan market, though its impressive array of cabin tech is marred by a few glaring omissions.

2009 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring
Read the full 2009 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring review. Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

As you approach the Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring, your walkway is illuminated by the Welcome Lighting on the underside of the rearview mirrors. Don't bother taking the smart key out of your pocket, a mere touch of the door handle will unlock the vehicle. Don't bother futzing with the headlamps or windshield wipers either, it's automatic. Just settle into the heated leather-trimmed seats, press the start button to bring the peppy engine to life, and you're off.

For 2009, the Mazda6 has grown in both size and ambition. When viewed from the front or rear quarter, the car has bulging fenders, a low nose, and a sweeping roofline that makes this midsize car look absolutely sporty. However, when viewed from the side, its slab-sided profile belies its newfound size. No longer can detractors complain about the 6's diminutive size compared with the Toyota Camrys and Nissan Altimas of the midsize sedan segment, because the Mazda6 has grown in nearly every dimension.

Read the full 2009 Mazda6 i Grand Touring review.

 

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