Mazdaspeed 6 Wins Edmunds.com <i>Inside Line</i> Comparison Test

Mazdaspeed 6 Wins Edmunds.com Inside Line Comparison Test


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Mazdaspeed 6 Wins Edmunds.com Inside Line Comparison Test

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — March 10, 2006 —Inside Line, Edmunds.com's high-speed online car magazine, today announced that the 2006 Mazdaspeed 6 won its latest comparison test, which is described in full at 2006 Mazdaspeed 6 vs. Subaru Legacy GT spec.B.

The Edmunds.com editorial team compared two vehicles that offer an enticing blend of performance and practicality: the Subaru Legacy GT spec.B and Mazda's Mazdaspeed 6.

Both cars are souped-up versions of more sedate family sedans. Each packs a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a manual transmission, all-wheel drive and 18-inch tires. The Subaru has a sticker price of $34,620, including standard 2.5-liter engine, sport-tuned suspension, a refined interior design and navigation system. The Mazda's MSRP is $30,000, so testers added the optional navigation system and power moonroof to bring the price up to a more comparable $33,425.

"The torque-soaked Subaru gives you better acceleration, jetting to 60 mph and through the quarter-mile well ahead of its competitor. But the slightly heavier Mazda gives you better handling, chewing up the slalom slightly quicker than the Subaru with much better body control, and two out of our three test drivers preferred it," recalled Editor Mike Hudson, who led the comparison test team. "But truly, either preference likely says more about the driver than the car."

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