2006 Mazda MAZDA6 s Sport 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I've had this car for 6 months now, and am still loving it. I wanted something sporting/fun to drive with great acceleration and handling, but needed 4 doors and room for 4 kids. In the Mazda6, I got a sweet revving V6 engine (Ford Duratec) with a manual transmission - a combo that is getting hard to find in a midsize sedan. Handling is great - flat cornering, quick steering and excellent braking. The ride is firm but not harsh. I still smile every time I get an open twisty road in front of me. Also has well laid-out interior, good size trunk, comfortable & supportive seats, great stereo, and looks great. I looked for a used one, but they hold their value so well I decided to buy a new one.
Remote window express down (from key fob), rear seat fold-down levers at back of trunk (no bending/reaching), intuitive & well laid out interior. Very fun to drive, with subtle good looks that make me look back at it every time I walk away. Low sale price (good rebates), and great resale value.