One test drive and I knew. Having already tested Camry, Accord, Subaru, Altima and Mazda 3, I thought I'd see what Ford had done with the Mazda 6 chassis. I'm happy to say that they hit a home run! Smooth, quiet, and plenty powerful even in the Colorado mountains, the AWD with traction and stability control makes this thing a blast to drive on the twisties. It handles ice and snow with a surprising (and reassuring) aplomb. I am proud of myself for making the right choice. (I did upgrade to aftermarket wheels and sticky tires and now it's perfect!)
Seats that fit me. Fun factor.
Come on Ford, how about another gear selection choice for this excellent automatic?!