2008 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
If you're looking for something with great visual appeal and that's more fun-to-drive than any other mid-sized sedan in this segment, this is your car. Best of all, the hatchback design looks great while offering more cargo space than any other vehicle in this class. I've driven this vehicle over 10,000 miles since new and have had no mechanical problems (though the roof liner sagged slightly on driver's side, but was replaced at no charge). Really a driver's car; some might find the seating a bit tight, esp. in the back (compared to other sedans), but not a problem for me. I still look for any excuse to drive this car!
Exterior and interior design. Hatchback design has amazing cargo capacity (and looks better than the sedan). Best handling in this price range. Bose stereo. Electroluminescent gauges.
An iPod/MP3 input should be standard (optional iPod adapter doesn't allow full functionality). One-touch power roof mechanism needed. Black interior looks great but shows scuffs, etc. Otherwise, no complaints!!
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