2006 Mazda 6 s Grand Sport 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
I wanted a fun-to-drive station wagon as an alternative to an SUV. The Mazda 6s met the mark. The manual transmission is great--very smooth clutch, quick response (much better than automatic). It holds the road well. It has plenty of cargo room. Unlike some other wagons, the back seat folds completely flat--this is great, especially for transporting animals.
Responsive engine and transmission (manual). Good road handling. Rear seat folds to make a flat surface.
6-speed manual transmission would improve highway fuel performance.