2004 Mazda 6 Consumer Review: All the 'U', much more 'S' tha

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All the 'U', much more 'S' than SUV's
By fredjanke on


2004 Mazda 6 s 4dr Sport Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


I just picked up one of the first Mazda
6 Wagons available last week. About
800 miles into it, I am very pleased
with my purchase. I understand the
value of cargo room, but don't want to
drive some boat that doesn't corner and
gets crappy milage. Enter the 6
Wagon, with most of the cargo capacity
of smaller SUV's, but with the ability
to corner and accelerate without mpg
numbers starting with a 1. The
engine is a bit less torquey than I
expected, but spin it past 3 grand and
it gets fun in a hurry. The handling
is stellar, as is the interior. It's a
heck of a lot of sport, cargo room,
features, etc. for the $. And I can
still drive a manual!

Best Features

Handling--I've not heard the tires squeal in a corner yet. The car also feels very substantial--as if the sticker price started with a 3.

Worst Features

Why are manual transmissions always geared so short? And where's the 6- speed? I thought I got rid of red guages when I sold my Pontiac.
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