2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring: Zoom-Zoom? Try Boom-Roar.
December 26, 2008
I experienced a moment of clarity when I stomped on our long-term 2009 Mazda 6's throttle for the first time. "Aha!" I exclaimed. "So that's what a combination vacuum cleaner/weedwhacker would sound like!"
I mean, if this were a Camry, then whatever. I expect a Camry to sound like an appliance. But the 6 is made by the "zoom-zoom" company -- so why does its new 2.5-liter four sound so nasty? Our track driver wasn't impressed either. "Too bad the engine is pretty loud and thrashy all the time," reads the performance test sheet.
I've heard rumblings here and there about how the Mazda 6 i with the six-speed manual might be an appealing car for enthusiasts with families. Nope. Not as long as this engine's under the hood.
Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 3,150 miles