2007 Mazda Mazda6 i Sport Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
I bought this car with 2 years left to go in the Army, and I was driving a LOT on weekends (highway) and abusing it during the week, hauling squad members around post. I have a little over 70,000 miles on it, and have just changed the original tires at 65k miles. Everything else is original (including brakes, which look to have about 10,000 miles left on them). The first two years was a lot of highway driving, the last year and a half was normal mixed driving. It's held up extremely well to a hard life of icy winters and scorching summers (Missouri, Florida, and Louisiana). This has been the perfect balance of a "fun to drive" vehicle with a "practical" vehicle.
Four wheel discs with anti-lock and traction control. I was able to get around in some awful ice-storm conditions in Missouri. The steering is well-weighted, and the car feels well- planted with a perceived low center-of- gravity. Mileage has been better than expected, fit and finish have held up well
Less road noise. While not excessive, it's a bit loud for long trips. More stain-resistant upholstery. It's probably "average", but with the abuses of hauling around army gear and other soldiers, the tan fabric seemed to stain easily. A working media-input jack. The button is there, but no jack!