6 OF THE BEST

Mazda has thrown a swag of active safety gear at its 6 mid-sizer.

Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and auto braking up to 30km/h once reserved for the topline Atenza are now standard on all 6s.

All but the entry-level Sport models also now come with auto braking in reverse, helping to stop car-park bingles.

Prices have been held on most models, with the Atenza enjoying a price reduction of a smidge over $1000.