Consumers looking for the best V6 sedans have some terrific choices in today’s market. Some of the choices may even be surprising – if consumers have been out of touch for a couple of years.
Of course, selecting the best V6 sedans is a personal choice. Some may prefer fuel efficiency over performance, while others look for cars making a statement, and still others just have to have a perfect balance of style, performance, comfort, fuel efficiency and convenience. We’ve taken the latter view and present here our selections for the best V6 sedans.
- Mazda MAZDA6 – For an affordable, imminently sexy, sporty midsize sedan, the 2010 has got the bases pretty much covered. It’s a blast to drive, has a spacious interior and huge trunk, and starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $18,600. The MAZDA6, for a family sedan, stands out from the competition. Go for the optional 272-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine which, as Mazda says, is “designed to get your heart racing.” Consumer Guide says, “Mazda6 is a Best Buy for its style, passenger space, and fun-to-drive character….The 6’s solid build quality and competitive power make it a must-see.”
- BMW 3-Series – You had to know a BMW would be on the list. The perennial benchmark luxury sports sedan, the BMW 3-Series has won Car and Driver’s 10Best accolade for 18 consecutive years. Balanced handling, strong 230-hp 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, and an EPA estimated 28 mpg highway are just a few of its tantalizing highlights. MSRPs start at $33,650. Edmunds comments: “No matter what year you’re looking at, however, the remains the unequivocal ‘ultimate driving machine’ and popular favorite in the entry-luxury category.”
- Infiniti G37 – There’s no getting around it: the 2011 is a high-performance luxury sports sedan. Consider: powerful 328-hp 3.7-liter variable valve event and lift (VVEL) V6 engine, rear-wheel drive, 27 or 25 mpg highway (G37 Journey or G37 Sport 6MT), and starting MSRPs of $35,050 and $39,450 (Journey and Sport 6MT, respectively). Car and Driver remarks: “…the G37 sedan offers BMW 335i power for BMW 328i money, which is hard to ignore when it’s so close to the 3-series in its driving manners.”
- Hyundai Genesis – Some reviewers say the 2010 is an exceptional value, a rear-drive sedan offering consumers the size, features, and engine power to compete with large luxury sedans – but costing in the $30,000 base MSRP range. That’s hard to beat. Automobile says, “Unapologetically and unequivocally, Hyundai has taken off its gloves. Its new  is a no-holds-barred assault on luxury and near-luxury sedans from Japan, America, and Europe.” Genesis 3.8 provides 290 horsepower in the 3.8-liter V6 and achieves 27 mpg highway.
Here’s a list of all V6 cars.