2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6: Just Right

October 26, 2009


There are many roads in L.A. that are fun to drive. Twisty, elevated roads with spectacular views.

However, most of our driving time is spent stuck on the freeway inching along with thousands of other commuters.

That is when the interior features of a car become so important.

Crawling my way home Friday night after a long work week, I became friends with our Mazda 6. It's not that I didn't like it before. But we got to know each other a little better.

I appreciate its easy-to-use audio system, its satellite radio, its seat heaters, its comfortable power-adjustable driver seat.

But most of all I enjoyed its pedal action. It's not too tippy like the BMW 7 Series. It's not too hesitant like the Suzuki SX4. It's just right. (I sound like Goldilocks.) And the brakes are the same. They have the right amount of feel. You never have a jerky stop. You never fear you're not going to stop. It's just right.

And when the heavens shine upon the freeway and a path finally clears for you, it has enough zoom to get you going. It's not the quickest car on the road, but it's not the slowest.

It's just right.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 19,599 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Mazda Mazda6 in VA is:

$130 per month*
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