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2020 Mazda6 is still athletic, but a little fancier

As a matter of fact, I think the Mazda6 isn't quite sure what it wants to be now.

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We're all familiar with "Zoom-Zoom."

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Long has Mazda's repetitive catchphrase signaled that the Japanese automaker's vehicles prioritize driving excellence above all else, which helped Mazda carve out its own unique niche in its mass-market segments.

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But Mazda is slowly growing up -- as evidenced by its more mature "Driving Matters" mantra -- and while the updated 2020 Mazda6 has adulting down, it's still working out how to balance new and old priorities.

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Even though people are moving to crossovers en masse, the midsize sedan segment remains the best it's ever been.

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The Toyota Camry has come a long way, ditching its beigeness in favor of more expressive styling and a chassis that actually makes the car fun to drive.

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The Nissan Altima has some sharp looks, and while I don't enjoy its CVT, optional all-wheel drive and loads of safety systems will provide families with peace of mind.

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Whither the 2020 Mazda6, then?

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It occupies this small little corner of the segment where it's not quite sure if it wants to fully embrace its posher adult nature or still hold onto the driving dynamics that helped Mazda make it name for itself among enthusiasts.

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There's plenty to like in the latest Mazda6, and it's worth comparing against any of the stalwarts, I just wish the automaker would make up its mind about where it wants to go.

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