2005 Mazda Mazda6 i 4dr Sports Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
After coming out of a Ford Explorer and into a sports car, I was amazed at the agility and response of the 6. I also have had the privilege of driving a 2004 Ford Mustang over the past year and actually enjoy the Mazda6 even more. The handling is superb, gripping the road even during hard cornering, and it will get up and go when you need to pass. The 160 hp in-line 4 feels more powerful than it sounds and doesn't disappoint. Zoom-Zoom is an appropriate slogan for this well rounded machine.
The Sport Automatic Transmission is responsive, and makes it more "Fun" to drive, the 17 inch wheels grip the road at every turn, and the gas mileage is great too. Standard Audio controls on the steering wheel are a plus to stay focused on the road.
I would have liked to seen the 5 speed auto in 2005, and the audio system makes it difficult to upgrade from the "stock" radio. The internal material could have been better, and they have improved it for 2006. I would have liked to have the options for Xenon headlamps like the 3.