2005 Mazda Mazda6 s Grand Touring 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 6A)
Comfortable and sporty - much more fun
to drive than my old Odyssey (but I miss
the extra seats). Winter driving has
been a pleasant surprise - the traction
control really works. Factory finishes
are good - Michelin tires, leather
interior, etc. No problems in 14,000 km
of driving. A very reasonable ($50)
dealer service. The only "shortcoming"
is with cruise control - accelerating
with the steering wheel button often
causes the transmission to kick down to
a lower gear rather than simply
accelerating in 5th. Fuel economy is
not as good as expected but it runs fine
on regular gas - something that can't be
said for a lot of the other cars I
Cover and screen for the cargo area are
handy, as are the tie downs in the cargo
area. The storage area (covered) on the
front dash is handy too - easy to get to
and keeps handfree sets, etc.
concealled. Dealer added options are
also surprisingly good - particularly
the roof racks (very functional
Add the capability to add a hitch and
pull a trailer - something that no wagon
should be without (the owners manual
specifically recommends against even a
Class 1 trailer).
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