This is my second Mazda 6 and have been very happy with both. The 4 cyl engine is a bit wheezy, but I commute a long way each day and was a worthwhile tradeoff vs. the V6 to get the extra mileage, which is good but not great.
My quibbles are a phantom squeak and the a/c isn't strong enough for those of us who live in the South.
I was rear ended by a Camry a few weeks ago and the 6 lived up to its excellent crash ratings. Car was in decent shape and the Camry was a writeoff.
No doubt this is the best value in its class.
Steering is crisp, no major dead spots. Braking and handling are both outstanding