I bought this as my first family car (previously had a mustang) and couldn't love it more! It's a great family car that still has the sporty look. With tons of room for all passengers! All the technology works great and makes me feel like I'm in a luxury car. I don't regret buying my Mazda for one second!
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!
Very sporty looking midsize for those of us who don't want to drive the typical family four-door. Rides very smooth and engine power is more than adequate for day to day driving. I was surprised at how well the car maneuvers and corners considering it's footprint (this is a long car to park). Fuel economy on the highway is spot on and this car is made to cruise with four full size adults in it. Fuel economy in the city suffers the more you have to run through the gears in city traffic. Not bad by any means but expect closer to 21-22 mpg in the city not the advertised 25/26. My only real complaint with the car are the 19" tires. The tires Mazda puts on this car do not last long and expect to take a huge hit in the wallet to replace.