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).
2005 Mazda 6 s Sport 4dr Sports Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my car! With all leather interior, Bose stereo, and choice of fully auto or manual shifting "on the fly" this car rocks! It is just as nice as a mid priced Beamer and WAY nicer than any Honda. Everyone that gets into my car is surprised by the quality and the "cool factor" it has. Plus with side curtain and back side curtain airbags standard on this car it can't be beat.
The color. I have Lapis Blue. I like the fact that my car is unique looking, there are not too many cars out there that look like my car.
Louder stereo. Power seats on passenger front seat as well. Driver has this feature, but passenger does not. Also memory settings for seat adjustments.