2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 6 Grand Touring 4dr Sport Sedan AWD (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
For those of us who don't want to catch the eye of a policeman or look like a Fast&Furious reject, the MS6 is ideal. Like carrying a concealed weapon, you don't have to scare the mundanes as you go about your daily business... but the potential is there when you want to bring it out. With the exception of a heavy short-throw clutch and burly centering-springs on the shifter that need a while to get used to, this is an easy car to drive well. Its poise and balance rival a BMW 335 or Audi A4, and for so much less cash. The interior polish isn't quite up to those standards, but whaddaya want for 27K? Highly recommended for gearheads who don't want to hang with the baggy-pants set.
Outstanding suspension/4WD. Powerful engine that wants to GO GO GO. Room for 4 adults in good comfort. Upright seating position with tons of headroom for over-6-footers. Eight million cupholders (well, okay, six).
Lose the electroluminescent dash and the italic-font for everything. Factory-option iPod integration module is awful. Proprietary format of stereo requires an expensive custom kit if you want to go aftermarket. Offer delete-option on the keyless entry on the GT (system is proved hackable).