2005 Mazda Mazda6 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!