2007 Mazda MAZDA6 i Sport Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
Just bought a new Sport-VE auto a week ago. Loaded with all Value Edition features including 17" alloys. 150 miles on it so far, so just breaking in the engine. Excellent handling and throttle response - this is a driver's car on a budget. Quiet engine at idle, though growly when pressed hard. Superb 5-speed auto with manual shift gate. Cabin a little shorter than the competition, but makes up for it in width. Open greenhouse, very airy. Highly raked profile - with alloys & side sills, it makes most midsizes look boring. Overall best value in 4 door midsizes. Paid <$16K after $2K rebates, plus taxes. Much better value than Korean & US midsizes. $5K+ cheaper than equivalent Accord/Camry.
- Convenient steering wheel controls - Aggressive style - looks fast when parked - Terrific 17" alloys - Great stopping power with 4 wheel disc ABS - Intuitive driving controls - Nice handling, low body roll - Tight steering, taut suspension - Quiet cabin, little wind/road noise - Great resale value.
- Need to slam front doors to close - Hard to reach remote trunk button - Side mirrors don't fold in - Center console intrudes on back seat legroom - Hood front lip not flush with grill - I4 is peppy, but lacks low-end torque with 5-speed auto - Engine noisy when pushed - Large turn radius.