2006 Mazda Mazda6 s Sport 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Grip, a fist full. Punch this car in the mouth and it takes it. I drive hard. It takes it as well as any honda or toyota. Yes I did have a cracked pre-cat to fix at 4000 miles but nothing is perfect. these things happen. The warranty took care of it. When you get a new car, drive her hard. Get the kinks out. I'm extremely pleased. 9000 miles so far.
The handling, oh my, the grip. Get some wider perfomance tired and you can run with the WRXes in the canyons.
Simplify the climate controls. Better quality seats. Firmer, more supportive.