Checked out a comparable Accord, Camry, and Altima and only the Altima came close to this vehicle. Though the Touring model isn't the top trim for the 6i, it's still a feature-laden auto with many amenities that you will find you can't live without. Stability/traction control, trip computer, MP3 capable stereo and advanced key (no key start and door-locks) just to name a few. Handling/engine power is great, road/wind noise is low, and interior and controls are well laid-out. If you don't think the Mazda6 has the features/power/build quality that you are looking for, be prepared to pay $10,000 more to get what you want.
Advanced key system, excellent configuration of controls on steering wheel, great power, excellent handling for its size, unobtrusive stability and traction controls, and plenty of space. Build quality of interior almost flawless and exterior styling smooth and unique.
Driver's seat could be a bit more comfortable. Feels like the lumbar support needs to be lowered just a bit. Mileage isn't great compared to other similar engines, but the power is worth it. Engine can be a tad loud if you drive with a heavy foot.
2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
We just picked up the '09 6 GT to replace a leased Ford; all around, it's better/more fun to drive than our '08 Accord. A quieter ride, more surefooted feel, nice build quality, great looks/lighting, etc. Love the Bluetooth and BMS, along with the advanced keyless system. Very satisfied.
2009 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
Looked at Honda Accord and Nissan Altima but Mazda6 beat them for style, fun and value. With the S plan and rebates the price i paid was unbeatable. The Mazda6 combines RX8 style and sportiness with refined drive and amazing space. Just too much all-round appeal for me and this in now my 4th Mazda.