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Pros: The standard steering wheel mounted audio controls
Cons: The cheap looking hubcaps on th 4 cylinder
Advice: If you want a well equiped sport sedan to drive for less than 23k give the Mazda6 a good look.Very athletic looking exterior.Car handles really well, has a real sporty feel, pretty good acceleration, and good brakes. Not quite as nice as a BMW, but not priced like a BMW either. Auto stick is a nice feature as is the stereo mounted controls on that leather wrapped steering wheel.
Pros: Handling and appearance
Cons: A bit small inside
Advice: Try the car at night - the red lighting is unusualExcellent brakes. Automatic Transmission- V6 engine combination is smooth, quiet and quick. The front seats are comfortable, but the cabin seems a bit narrow for two people, compared to other midsize cars. Love the appearance of this model but they can have the sport appearance group - the side wings add nothing, and they look like they have been stuck on as an afterthought.
Pros: The steering wheel access to radio, etc. same as the Mercedes.
Cons: Red lighting on the dashboard and instrument panel!
Advice: If something can be done about the red lights, this is a car to consider.The car handled very well on the road and has some power to it. It feels sturdy, well built and comfortable. There is plenty of trunk room and ample leg space in the back. I would have bought a fully loaded s model, on the spot, except for the RED lights on the dashboard and instrument panel. It is extremely difficult to see inside the car in the dark. If this can be corrected, I will be purchasing one today.
Cons: back seat cup holders clunky, inconsistent with vehilces overall snug to fit look
Advice: Try it ,you will be zoomedA nifty looking vehicle with the power to back it. Looks can be fooling. Surprisingly good road handling on bumps,corners.Pretty decent brakes,need to test under icy conditions for overall performance. Snug to fit type feel internally. Good leg space behind. Good 0-60 acceleration. Smoother downshift 1-2,not sure in -20 type conditions.