2006 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I purchased my car in Aug '06. A week later a friend that had driven mine went and bought one himself. I have been getting so many good comments on this car even from complete strangers. Mostly no one has ever heard of the MazdaSpeed series, but once they drive it they understand where the name derived from.
Absolutely the speed and handling. I love letting guys drive the car and their immediate reaction is to jump out of the car and look under the hood. They can't get over that this car is a 4 cylinder. The direct injection turbo is incredible!
My only improvement thus far is road noise. I had a BMW 3 series before this and so far that is the only characteristic that I miss.
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