This is our first Mazda and I'd say I am very impressed so far. It's in the same class as our 2014 Kia Optima SX-T, and they share a lot of similarities - very smooth ride, attractive interior and body lines, great fuel mileage (the Mazda6 gets better mileage than the Kia), and plenty of passing power out of a 4 cylinder, though the Mazda6 is naturally aspirated and the Optima is turbocharged. I can't say which I enjoy driving more, both are a lot of fun and seem to be well put together.
this car is a pleasure to own. Add to to that the price and gas milage. Interior materials are somewhat cheap feeling after getting to know the vehicle but I still have to say Mazda really made a awesome car. It's comfortable on cross-country trips and great in traffic. Good handling and acceleration. Definitely get this car with a stick! The gears are in great ratio for making the motor responsive. It feels like a sports car most of the time and the styling helps it give an air of sedan or whatever that means. It's a good car, I get compliments often. I'm happy with my purchase. I've also heard Mazda is know for making durable vehicles past 100k miles so we shall see!
Mazda 6 5 Door Sport
2004 Mazda Mazda6Stibift - South Carolina11/15/2006
Good power in the V6. The suspension allows for sporty driving. The seats are comfortable, even on long trips, with plenty of legroom in the back.
The Bose 6 CD audio system is very nice.
The hatchback gives a lot of versatility. Being able to fold down the rearseat 40-60 split is great, and you can load big items in the back and still close the hatch, which surprised the guy a the furniture store when I loaded 2 recliners into the car.
The car is more noisy then others I had before, road noise mainly, no rattles or squeaks.
Another good feature are all the safety items, side and curtain aibags, headrests even in the back. Also 4 years, 50,000 mile warranty is great.
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