I traded up my 93 Protege LX and purchased a 2003 Mazda6. I was sad to see my Protege go but I LOVE the 6. Mazda has come a long way in 10 years. I was very impressed all around. It drives great and is well equipped for the price! It's no BMW or anything but still in my opinion the best that Mazda offers.
Steering controls, smooth yet sporty suspension, acceleration and power, interior design, body design (much better than the old 626), and finally comfort.