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.
The Mazdaspeed 6 has impressive acceleration, braking, and handling. Mazda has done a great job at creating a four door sports car. With all-wheel drive traction, this car really hangs in the corners. The ride is firm, so those looking for a soft ride should apply elsewhere. The 6-speed transmission is smooth and the clutch is easy to modulate. When accelerating quickly the shifts come fast, as the gears seem closely spaced. On the highway, the revs are fairly high in sixth gear. 80 mph will tach a little over 3,000 rpm. The steering lacks some feel compared to other sports models produced by Mazda, but the effort is nicely weighted. The interior switchgear has a good feel to it and all controls are conveniently located. The front seats have excellent support and remain comfortable throughout long road trips. The rear seats provide good leg room for a sedan this size. The standard Xenon low beams provide an excellent field of vision when driving at night. All in all, a great effort by Mazda.
Due to unforeseen circumstances (a bus driver decided it would be fun to take out the entire driver's side of my Sebring three weeks before the last payment was due - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!), my husband and I found ourselves out car shopping way sooner than we had hoped to. We had to replace our commuter car as quickly as possible but didn't know what kind of car we wanted. We were looking at Impalas, Camrys and Fusions. Then my husband saw a Mazda 6 at a stoplight. We were both in love with the body style of that car. After much research we decided that we wanted a 2009 or newer and we wanted a touring package. We found our car in Inglewood and had it transferred to Roseville. This car is perfect in every way. It definitely "zoom zooms!" The handling is fantastic and the ride is quiet and much more comfortable than my Sebring ever was! The Mazda is great on gas and is really fun to drive. All of the extra features make the car very enjoyable - push to start (how much fun is that?!), rain sensing windshield wipers, illuminating lights, bluetooth...the list goes on. While I am still a little bitter about having the title of my old car ripped from my hands, I am slowly getting over it - and almost forget about that car when I am driving my new one :)