Big enough to be a family car, sporty enough to still be considered "cool" and the price is definitely a steal! Drives really well and has some power behind it.
I just bought a 2009 Mazda 6 Grand Touring i, and and overall am quite happy with it. The car looks modern and attractive, is spacious, comfortable and economical on the highway. It also has many standard items that cost extra elswhere. My main complaint is in regards to the quality of the interior plastics, especially on the doors and the driver's side of the dashboard. The handbrake should also be leather, as it is on the steering wheel and gearlever. The glove compartment's handle is especially cheap and is a long reach from the driver's seat. The ergonomics can also do with some rethinking - the button controlling the average/current fuel consumption, miles to empty and clock is hidden behind the steering wheel and whoever placed the trunk release button next to it should be fired! Twice I opened the trunk when all I wanted to do was change the display. Also, why does Mazda not have the central locking lock the car automatically when it exceeds 5 or 8mph? The 2.5L 4 cylinder engine feels gruff when pulling away and sometimes underpowered but is economical. I'm averaging 26.5 mpg on my 87 miles roundtrip commute to work. Rearward vision is restricted, but that's a small price to pay for the sexy looks, and the blind spot warning light on the exterior rearview mirrors is a bonus. The automatic wipers and headlights work well and not having to fumble with a key to open/start the car when your hands are full of groceries or kids stuff is welcome. Overall I prefered the Mazda to the Accord/Altima/Fusion/Camry I compared it to, but would be even more of a fan if the quality was improved and the engine had a few more ponies under the hood!
The best part of all, from someone who gets very cold at the slightest drop in temp, are the heated front seats!! Whithin minutes I am toasty warm and the car heater itself seems to warm up way faster than my last car's did. I like that I can change from automatic driving to manual any time I need to climb a steep grade or want to slow down without excessive wear and tear on my brake pads. Traction control for rainy or snowy weather is another plus. My Bose sound system is terrific along with the 6 CD changer which gets me listening to old favorites that I rarely played anymore. So many great little extras came with this car. One that I am going to LOVE in the hot Texas Summer months is being able to lower the 2 front windows before you get in the car to air it out a little. This is a great car!! I would recommend it to my friends in a minute!! And finally, the way I could afford all this was by buying used!! Only way for me to go ever again!!