2004 Mazda 6 Consumer Review: All the 'U', much more 'S' tha

2004 Mazda 6 Wagon - Consumer Review

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All the 'U', much more 'S' than SUV's
By fredjanke on


2004 Mazda 6 s 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


I just picked up one of the first Mazda 6 Wagons available last week. About 800 miles into it, I am very pleased with my purchase. I understand the value of cargo room, but don't want to drive some boat that doesn't corner and gets crappy milage. Enter the 6 Wagon, with most of the cargo capacity of smaller SUV's, but with the ability to corner and accelerate without mpg numbers starting with a 1. The engine is a bit less torquey than I expected, but spin it past 3 grand and it gets fun in a hurry. The handling is stellar, as is the interior. It's a heck of a lot of sport, cargo room, features, etc. for the $. And I can still drive a manual!

Best Features

Handling--I've not heard the tires squeal in a corner yet. The car also feels very substantial--as if the sticker price started with a 3.

Worst Features

Why are manual transmissions always geared so short? And where's the 6- speed? I thought I got rid of red guages when I sold my Pontiac.
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