2006 Mazda Mazdaspeed Mazda6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
This is a great alternative to the Evo and Sti on paper. However with the lack of drivetrain/engine testing by mazda, virtually no aftermarket parts available, terrible resale value, and awful customer service, this car was truly a bust. The clutch is hard to drive with it's abnormally high engagement point, though there was a recent techinacal service bulletin to fix it.
When it works, it's a great sedan, fun to drive, comfortable ride yet firm and sporty, fast around town with the quick spooling turbo.
Reliability and customer service need serious help. With only 8k miles on it the car would hardly run in the cold. The engine would die under load until it had run for 10+ mins. So it went to the dealer numerous times totaling more than 30 days. Did mazda even do any engine testing under 32 degrees?