The 2022 Mazda 6 isn't just the prettiest family sedan, it's also more enjoyable to drive and ride in than most of its peers.

Mazda 6  Neither its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or the more potent turbo version are particularly compelling

and there's currently no eco-friendly hybrid model, but the 6 drives with a mix of athleticism and refinement that broadens its appeal. Mazda 6

Mazda 6  The latter inherits all the equipment of the Grand Touring Reserve trim and wears a Polymetal Gray paint color

black exterior accents, and a set of dark 19-inch wheels. The theme continues inside with black trim pieces and red leather upholstery with gray stitching. Mazda 6

Every Mazda 6 now has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability (and any trim above the Touring comes with wireless CarPlay).

Lastly, the Signature model adds rear automated emergency braking and a driver-attention monitor. Mazda 6

Unlike most mid-size alternatives, the Mazda 6 does not offer a hybrid option. Mazda does provide a choice of two responsive 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, though.

The standard engine makes 187 horsepower, while the available turbocharged engine generates up to 250 horsepower.  Mazda 6

Every engine pairs with an excellent six-speed automatic transmission that's proficient at finding the right gear, whether downshifting for extra oomph or upshifting for steady cruising.

The Mazda 6 offers above-average driving satisfaction for a family sedan, with a fluidity to its controls and handling that is uncommon at any price.

We don't know yet if the turbocharged version's increased torque rating will affect its fuel economy, but the 2020 model had estimates of 23 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.Mazda 6

The last turbo 6 we tested exceeded the government's highway estimate on our 200-mile real-world route, earning a C/D rating of 36 mpg. Mazda 6

Inside, the 6 looks like a much pricier car than it is. The quality of the materials impresses, as does the upscale, mature design and restrained detailing.Mazda 6

Surprisingly for a sedan with so sexy a shape, the Mazda 6 is no less practical than other mid-size offerings. Mazda 6