I drove a LOT of sedans before picking this one, all 2016 and above. Main differences:
-Visibility. In a Camry, it's GOOD! But this felt more open right away.
-Power. Camry falls behind. Has a lot of low end 'burp' to it and I think it gets up to 30 faster than the Mazda6. Get a Fusion, if you like speed.
-Steering. First-gen electric steering for this model, and they did it SO right. I was almost fooled into thinking it was R & P.
-Seats. Better overall, on par with the Fusion. Passat wins the back seat prize!
-SAFETY. AWD and the Eyesight package make this the winner, by a MILE.
-One con, a bit more cabin noise than Camry and Passat. Still better than average.
I've found out from owning this car <1 year is it is a must to upgrade the rear sway bar for stiffer steering response. Of course this is a subjective matter but definitely worth the $100 or so. Wish Subaru would have done this from the factory. Moonroof would be nice, but I like things simple and would rather not have to deal with a leaky moonroof as I have had past experience with this (not a Subaru, however). The CVT performs great! And this is my first CVT. It pulls from a stop and would hang with any other 4 cylinder cars. Handling around mountainous turns is flawless and I couldn't have asked for more. Excellent safety features and great interior cargo room for my little family of four. Maintenance is easy as the oil filter is on top.
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