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Crossovers and SUVs may currently have America's heart, but the modern midsize sedan segment is still a fiercely competitive class. And while some automakers have chosen to 86 their sedans altogether, other companies are still dedicated to producing quality, five-passenger four-doors that are stylish, comfortable and affordable. We've driven a lot of great midsize sedans here at Roadshow, but none speak to us quite like the updated -- and now, turbocharged -- 2018 Mazda6.

Turbo punch

While lower Mazda6 trims continue to use a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I4 engine, the upper-crust Grand Touring and Signature models get a big increase in power. The turbocharged 2.5-liter I4 is essentially the same engine you'll find in the Mazda CX-9 crossover, and under the hood of the Mazda6, it makes this sedan move.

Step on the accelerator and the Mazda6 comes to life with a quickness. The six-speed automatic transmission fires off smooth shifts, letting the engine rev in its sweet spot to deliver the full 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Despite using front-wheel drive, the Mazda6 is free of torque steer, and in fact, the revised suspension tuning means this car is even better to drive than before; leave it to Mazda to make this the best-handling car in the midsize sedan segment.

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The Good The new turbocharged engine only enhances this already great-handling sedan.

The Bad Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available from the factory until the end of this year.

The Bottom Line The Mazda6 remains the enthusiasts' choice in the midsize sedan segment.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8
  • Design 8.5
  • Media 7.5

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