I absolutely love my 2006 Mazda 6 S. It's the first car I have ever owned, and I've driven a lot of cars in my lifetime. Believe me when I say you definitely need to consider the Mazda6 if you're looking for a car that can tow friends and familiy in comfort and style at a pace befitting of a semi-sports car. I keep up to date with Mazda and their work and I can personally tell you that they build quality cars that last a long time. The only problem that I ever had with my Mazda is that the flexi pipe was torn to shreds when I bought it. (I knew this after inspecting the car, it was a rental/fleet car so you know the people who drove it didn't take care of it). Regardless, the car still works perfectly even after 100,000 miles.
This is quite a good midsize sedan for everyday driving. The suspension is taut but comfortable. It doesn't wobble over potholes or anything, settles nicely, and feels very neutral.
The interior is nothing fancy, not particularly attractive, with sort of hard, brittle-feeling plastic along most surfaces. I can't really get too excited about the red-colored display lighting or the seat fabric patterns.
The engine is quite powerful for a 4-cylinder. It accelerates very nicely with no drama.
The five-speed automatic is pretty good, but for someone who loves and is accustomed to namual transmissions, it's a little dull. There's the usual hesitation before downshifting when I lean hard into the throttle and it's a little unpredictable. I've started getting comfortable using the "manu-matic" up-down shifter, which makes the situation a lot better.
Gas mileage is decent: not great, not bad at all.
Overall, if you're not a performance nut and are looking for a decent and fairly fun car to drive around in, this is a really good value.
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!!
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