This One's Just Right - 2009 Mazda 6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6: This One's Just Right

July 20, 2009

I spent another weekend searching for houses. Our 6 hit the top of my list of vehicles to drive over the weekend because of its nav system. I've learned more about the streets of LA in the last two months of house searching than I have in the last 10 years of living here.


I've always liked the 6, even the previous generation. I felt it was a great car that gets overlooked for no other reason than everyone is attracted to the Accord/Camry like moths to a flame. At least that's true here in SoCal. But how does it stack up to the new Taurus?

I recently got to spend some time in the new kid on the block: the 2010 Ford Taurus. While I did like the Taurus quite a bit, it didn't feel nimble, it didn't feel fast for having a powerful engine, and like everyone keeps saying, it's BIG. You don't get a good feel for how big it is in pictures, but in person it's really tall to a short guy like myself and the seating position looks down at just about every non-truck/suv/crossover vehicle out there. I felt like I was mini truckin' while driving the Taurus.

When I got back into the 6, my experience in the Taurus really gave me an appreciation for how "right" the Mazda feels to me. It's comfortably spacious without being huge. It feels light and nimble in the steering wheel and it's aesthetically pleasing to my eye. Ok, so the four banger we got in there doesn't do much to inspire passing confidence, that's it's biggest weak point for me.

If we had that V6 in our car, I'd say without hesitation that it's a solid car from tip to tail.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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