A Little Stiff
By Snow Driver on
2006 Mazda Mazdaspeed 6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
This is a commuting car for me. The overall performance is very good. Great mid-range acceleration, a decent AWD system. I have Blizzaks, have worked it hard in the snow and the system is not nearly as good as Audi quattro. You can't hold a straight line under full throttle as with the Audi, but you quickly adapt. A solid car. The suspension is very stiff, clutch a little high. The wife calls it a "chuckwagon". I love it. Had one weird experience: gulped a quart of oil on me in about 200 miles on a very cold day (about 10 degrees), driving freeway. Car had about 5,000 miles at the time. No problems since. Dealer had no explanation.
Zoom zoom! Love the boost. Has a very light, responsive feel.
The 18" wheels look great, but they make for a harsh ride, especially in winter. Ditch the plastic body moldings, fake exhausts, rear deck lid. You don't see that crap on an Audi or Bimmer.