Previously owned an '03 V6 sedan. Traded for a convertible but she missed the zoom zoom of her 6 so much that we came back and got a loaded up '05 V6 5 speed sport hatchback (actually all hatchbacks have the sport package unlike my earlier sedan). This car is great. A ton of fun for the money and has many features found in more expensive cars. V6/manual transmission combo is hard to find elsewhere. 220hp was a lot a few years ago but others have caught up or do better now. Suspension dynamics are fantastic, this car wants to bolt around town at 60+ mph! Styling is fresh and unique. Highly recommended. Some 2005s are still around (as of early 2006) and could be a steal. MSRP of $27,700 cost me $21,300!
Styling the hatchback to look like a sedan is way cool. Standard sport package with Porche-esque 17in turbo wheels. Heated leather seats. Steering wheel radio controls and 6 disc CD. 3.0L V6/5-speed combo makes this a real driver's car and it loves to rev (pulls great above 4 grand when VVT kicks in).
Not much to complain about. I guess if you're going to give me 4 tie downs in the cargo area you might as well put a few on the hatch so I can bungee it down on top of the looong cargo! As it is I have to tie it down by the hatch strut ... not a safe option.
2005 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
This is my third Mazda in a row and each new one gets me to love them even more. Dependable, comfortable and great to look at. I don't understand why Mazda doesn't sell more cars in the US than they do now.
Auto temp air conditioner controls and display. Easy to use and adjust.
2005 Mazda 6 i Sport 4dr Sports Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Handling compares favorably with the RX-7 I used to have. Heater is incredibly fast. Get leather with heated seats and you will never touch cloth again. Makes my 80 mile daily commute very pleasant. Some say it's small, but I prefer a tighter, sportscar-like cabin. Most Americans like to sit in a cave when they drive, I guess.
Very sticky handling, even with the stock Michelins. Symbiotic driving experience. Actually delivers 31MPG highway!
This car deserves better than those second-class Ford engines. Shifter feels like it's all plastic under the boot. Bose sound goes to junk when cranked up. Driver window buttons a little too far towards the front. Lock buttons a little awkward to operate. And finally, memory seats!
Want a sports wagon that won't break the bank? This is the car. I've owned a Dodge Magnum (big, fast, stops poorly) and several BMW sedans. This car is more BMW flavored than Magnum, with good handling, decent enough power, and excellent braking.
Turning radius. Rear wheel drive. Power band favoring lower revs.
I have owned this car 6 months and so far no problems. Good looking car that is fun to drive. Engine is fairly powerful and can easily merge onto highways as well as provide good passing power. My only complaint is the lack of a 6th gear. At 70 mph, the engine is at 3,300 RPM's. I have never owned a car that did that and it can be loud if you go even faster. Maybe with the automatic it is not as bad or loud? Anyway, overall good car. Also, has great storage capacity with the hatchback!
Hatchback, 60/40 folding rear seat, look of car (have gotten many compliments), outside temp gauge.
6th gear for the manual transmission, a little bit more comfortable seats (for longer trips).