Tired of the dull, sensible, vanilla-flavored family car? If you're willing to give up some passenger room, the Mazda 6 promises to add a dash of zing to your daily commute whether you're looking for a sedan, hatchback or wagon.
by a_mightywind on Oct 7, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda6 s Sport 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I've found this to be a terrific car.
It's not your typical stodgy wagon.
It is fun to drive, the interior fittings are excellent as is the build quality.
I still love the aggressive exterior styling.
They're not being offered in Canada anymore but, I'm told, they are being offered in Europe.
I hope that situation changes because I would be another for sure.
by gareman on Jul 10, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda6 s Sport 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I've owned some amazing cars, mostly BMWs, but I was starting my own business and a family. The 6 sport wagon provided sport sedan handling in an affordable, reliable package. It had some minor problems while still under warranty, such as needing two new stereo head units, but has since been reliable. It drives wonderfully and I love the 5 speed manual. The turning radius is awful. Low RPM acceleration is pretty bad; there wasn't a need to gear it like a 4- cylinder. It's a fun highway cruiser and obviously does very well on corners. The quality of your tires will make a huge difference with this car. Sadly, there are no more sport wagons being produced by Mazda in the US.
by keeper on Jul 29, 2007 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda6 s Sport 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I bought this new; the gas mileage was rated 21-27 and it took a year to reach that. On our last trip of 1000 miles we got from 25-30 which I thought was outstanding. It's fun to drive, corners nicely and has good brakes. The only problem I've had is the air conditioner had to be worked on twice to get the proper cooling. Love the automatic climate control. Wish it had come with roof racks for my bike. Electric control for seats would have been great also, but it's a good vehicle. Love the side air bags and safety features. It would be hard for a tall person to get in with a hat on.
by Gary on Jan 29, 2007 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda6 s Sport 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
So far my Mazda6 Wagon has been a blast to drive. The sportshift auto keeps it interesting. It's been on three long trips (3 dogs-in back, bikes on roof, luggage on rear seats). Despite the seeming clutter of all that, it was surprisingly comfortable. Plenty of leg and headroom. On another trip, I had four bikes on the roof, all the gear in the back and 3 passengers beside myself. There was still plenty of room. The car is built solid...no rattles. The engine has plenty of power and is smooth (with the traction control turned off). The only problem, and it's small, is the ticking noise (not the cams) just behind the passenger-side firewall. It's a solenoid that Mazda won't repair.
by MN Snowman on Apr 22, 2006 Vehicle: 2005 Mazda Mazda6 s Sport 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I traded my '02 Passat for the wagon ... that lets my wife drive a sedan rather than her Volvo wagon. I was impressed with the interior design/colors and the exterior color (I have the Firemist red with tan interior ... looks very sharp and I've gotten a number of favorable comments). I've liked the responsiveness of the engine and the manual transmission is very nice. We've taken two longer road trips (one at 2200 miles and the other at 1200 miles) -- it's a very comfortable highway car. The Sirius radio option is a delight on highway cruises as well. Around town, it gets decent mileage and handles well. I'm pleased with the purchase & the end-of-year discounts!
New hatchback and wagon body styles were added to the lineup at the end of 2004 and carry over unchanged for 2005. The optional automatic transmission on all V6 models has been upgraded from a five-speed to a six-speed unit.