2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring: Weekend in the Mountains
July 13, 2009
Took the Mazda 6 for a family road trip to Running Springs over the weekend. It's about an hour and a half drive each way with an elevation gain of about 6,000 feet, and we also made day trips to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. Found the firm seats to be quite effective for this duration, but I can see why Josh Jacquot tired of them after 900 miles.
The real pain for us on this trip was the sluggish response of the four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission team on the way up the mountain. I was constantly pining for turnouts to slink into so the more powerful-engined cars behind me could move on. On the rare occasion that I was stuck behind someone else and a passing lane became available, I'd really have to put my toe to the floor (and then wait, wait, wait) to pass them before the lane ended. But once we got into town and only had minimal elevation gains and losses to deal with, the Mazda 6 was a lovely partner for our small family of three.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 15,347 miles