Noises Off - 2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Mazda 6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring: Noises Off

January 29, 2009

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As my impatient right foot presses the Mazda 6 into action, the engine groans loudly. The mouthy 2.5-liter inline-4 is a little too talkative for my taste. But once the car gets going, Mazda has done a good job of keeping out wind and road noise.

There is a particularly undulating strip of the 405 freeway that can really stir up a car with a stiff suspension like the GT-R. But the softer Mazda6 absorbs the bumps with ease and keeps out the thump-thump-thump of the concrete seams.

So, while we opted for the Mazda 6 with the smaller engine that sounds like it has to work hard to get going, the suspension and well-designed cabin keep the ride relatively quiet. I get to enjoy my music on the commute home instead of the roar of traffic.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor


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