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Pros: Handling - by far, also the
Cons: Silver 'milk mustache' over grill - why do all Mazdas have this?
Advice: Pick factory-installed options - no dealer installations.I will admit that it took some persuasion from my wife to give the Mazda Mazda6 a test. But I fell in love all over again as soon as I took it for an afternoon spin. The styling looks sporty enough with or without the sport package, but the performance of the Mazda6 is what I had in mind when looking for a sport sedan. The car handles like a dream and although it could use more HP (like the Accord), it possesses enough 'zoom to confindently pass at highway speeds. It severely outdrove the VW Jetta Wolfsburg and the Altima 2.5s. Brakes are excellent - I love the steer wheel mounted Radio/CD controls and 'built-in antenna' in the rear window. It was difficult to find the color and options we wanted and we had to wait 6 weeks for body kit/rear wing to arrive so make sure you pick the model you want if you don't want to wait. I still love this car!
Pros: Nice interior
Cons: I'm a 6 footer and have the drivers seat back, the center post is in the way exiting the car.
Advice: It drives like a sports car, requires shifting to quickly accelerate.I was looking for a new commuter car, as well as a family mid-size car, weighting the balance between performance and economy. Wanted a 5-speed manual/4cyl. 30+ mpg. Came down to the Accord LX and the Mazda6i. The Accord engine is slightly better and more fuel efficient, but had a bland interior and a soft ride. The Mazda6 handled much better, better brakes, and more standard features for the money.
Pros: Handling, brakes, steering, and everthing else
Advice: Buy it!I start the day with a test drive of a VW Jetta 'Wolfberg' edition. I was extremely disatisfied with the performance and handling of this car. Up next was the Mazda 6s. I love everything from the well 'cut' styling, performance, handling, and safety of the car. I am not a sunday (test) driver and the 6 took everything I gave it and even asked for more! I am a family man looking for an upgrade on a family car. The Mazda 6s hit all the points I am wanting in a car. Definately, a five star car!
Pros: Acceleration and style
Cons: Could use more center console storage space and under seat storage compartment
Advice: Test drive it. I think you will like it.I bought my red 5 speed Mazda6s with beige leather and sunroof about a week ago. My previous car was a Honda Accord LX 5 speed. The ride quality and handling of the two vehicles seems fairly similar (both handle excellently and ride smoothly), but the 6 cylinder Madza has much more pep than my old Accord. You touch the accelerator, and zoom. Shifting with the 5 speed is very crisp. Leather seats are also comfy. Besides the Accord, I also considered the new Acura TSX, but Mazda has more power, larger trunk, and runs on regular gas (acura requires premium), and the Madza costs much less. And on top of everything, the Mazda 6 is one sharp looking car.
Pros: Performanece Zoom.Zoom.... and the price
Advice: Test Drive them bothMazda6i & Mazda6s Thay are a grate cars to drive,FUn,FUn ZOOM.ZOOM.........!!!If you can take the time and drive them both. With the sport package on the 4 banger Mazda6i and Mazda6s standerd package. I think the performance is the same. I LIKE........ JW
Pros: Styling, interior design, available manual transmission with the v-6, and the knowledge that not many other people will have it also
Cons: Mazda isn't known as the greatest nameplate, Accord and Altima have more power
Advice: If you're in the market for either a 4 door, or something sporty, this is the best of both worldsLuckily, this was the last car that I test drove before finally purchasing it, because i drove nearly everything. Including: The Acura RSX (base, automatic and type-s), the Volkswagen Jetta 1.8t, the Nissan Altima 2.5S and the Sentra SE-R Spec-V, the Ford Focus SVT, The Mitsubishi Eclipse GT, The Hyundai Tiburon GT, The Subaru WRX, and the Honda Civic Si. At first I believed that I couldn't afford the 6 because it was a new model and there wouldn't be much of a discount, but my girlfriend convinced me to try it anyway. Thankfully, I did. I was this close to getting the RSX because of the performance of the 6 speed shifter and the quality of the interior, and because it is an Acura, but the lack of heated seats, foglights, a spoiler and most of all, no armrest. I fully expect an armrest on a car that costs nearly 24k. My second choice was the Sentra SE-R Spec V, but finding one loaded with all the features along with the color I wanted was nearly impossible. It was also pretty crude when it came to ride quality and loudness when cruising. Also, it's just a Sentra. The Jetta was nice, but has been around for a while and was more than i was willing to pay. The WRX was extremely fun and fast, but I didn't like the styling or the interior. The rest were merely average. The 6 is a great looking car in and out and full of features. I got the v-6 Mazda 6s, 5 speed manual with leather, sunroof, bose stereo with the 6 disc changer, heated seats, side and curtain airbags, and lastly the sport package, which is a steal at $860. It only cost me $30 more per month to get the v-6, and that only gets you the v-6 engine and automatic climate control. But once you feel the extra 60 horsepower and use the automatic climate control, its a very small price to pay. Bottom line, the styling, performance, interior room and price are superior to any other car I have ever driven.
Pros: Handling and braking
Cons: Tacky tail fin!
Advice: If you're an enthusiast, go with the manual V6.Test drove a Mazda 6i with a manual transmission, the sport group, leather and a sunroof. Interior has good fit and finish and nice materials, great place to get about the business of driving. Drives smoothly around town and crisply when pushed hard. Flawless handling, excellent balance, great brakes, adequate power... but needs about 30 more horsepower to really impress as a 'sports' sedan. The aero kit does nothing for the car's appearance, but if that's what's required to get the bigger 215/50VR70 rubber I can live with it, with one exeption: the 'Fast and the Furious' tailfin HAS to go. It screams 'DRAG RACER' when the rest of the 6i's personality says 'balance, balance, balance.' Get the 6i if you're moving up from another 4 cylinder car, otherwise go with the 6s; if you like a bit of zoom, zoom in your day, get the 6s with a manual transmission and the sport package.