2006 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Sport 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
The handling of this car is remarkable. You won't find better without buying a much higher priced, German sedan. The ride can be a bit stiff and as many have mentioned. The clutch certainly takes some getting used to but overall, buyers willing to spend an extra 3k on this particular drive-train probably expect it. I've had my Speed 6 for six months now and all I can say is, wow! It is everything I hoped it would be. A reliable and reasonably economical commuter capable of raising hell on weekends (Tail of the Dragon & no tickets, yeah!). If you want a grown up car that outperforms most V8 coupes without the hefty price and bad mileage, this is your car.
That feeling you get when you stomp the gas at 80 MPH in 6th gear and realize just how much faster this car wants to go. Entering a turn marked for 35 MPH at 50, and exiting at 70.
1200 bucks to replace the stock tires after 10k miles?! I guess this one of the reasons it handles so well, but it's also a hidden cost many not be aware of. Once mastered, shifting the MS6 can be exhilarating, but learning this clutch can be frustrating. Mazda could tone down shifting a bit.