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Mazda MAZDA6, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#2218 of 2394 Re: 2010 i GT auto with Tech Pkg. [jeffyscott]
Jan 09, 2011 (2:00 am)
Well, you do get a 5/10 year warranty with Kia. I think/hope they have come a long way since the days of the Sephia, etc. I drove an Optima from 2 generations back, as a rental car for a week once and it was terrible.
Agree with you on the looks. Kia is making some nice looking (to me) cars. Both the Optima and Forte look good and better to me than the Mazda3 and Mazda6. I guess they would be described as having European styling, while Mazda has gone to more Japanese styling in this generation after having had European looks in the 2003-2008 Mazda6.
KIA has made massive improvements over the last decade or so. Their transformation into a respectable automaker building high quality, well-designed vehicles is second only to Hyundai's similar growth and success! And Hyundai is largely responsible for the positive changes at KIA.
They have the product, the quality and the high-value position, the only obstacle remaining is the stigma still attached to the brand from their earlier days in the U.S. A lot of people still perceive them as "cheap" cars and won't even consider them. It's just a matter of time, if they keep turning out good product, they'll lose the 'cheap' stigma just like Hyundai has done! Based on Hyundai's earlier products here, I never would have dreamed that they'd be producing everything from RWD sport coupes to class-leading mid-size sedans, not to mention luxury cars that should have Lexus very concerned!
I agree that KIA has some great looking cars- the Forte 4-door was the first one to really grab my attention, followed by the new Sorento, Optima and Sportage! The Soul was kinda cool for a little while, but it still looks far better than the Nissan Cube or (dead) Honda Element. Once they redesign/replace the current Rio (and do something about the Sedona minivan, which is homely looking even for a minivan), they will may have more great-looking designs than any other single manufacturer! I must admit that I'm a bit disappointed with the Forte 5-door. I have an '06 Mazda3 5-door and my next vehicle will most likely be another 5-door, probably a Mazda but it's always good to have options. I hope the Hyundai Elantra Touring, due in early 2012, will be more appealing to me than the Forte. They're ditching the wagon style and going for a sportier 5-door hatchback look.
I think my first generation Mazda3 is a much better design than the current model. I parked my 5-door next to a brand new 5-door a while back and the current model really looked like a step backward...mine has a much more fluid lines and a flowing, graceful yet sporty overall look. I am very anxious to see how the face-lifted 2012 Mazda3 turns out! I mean, it really can't get much worse...but then again, face lifts can go horribly wrong (two words- Joan Rivers)! Even with the crazy-grin, joker-smile front end, I still like the Mazda3 5-door a lot better than the Forte 5-door. I also think the Mazda6 is still the best looking design in the mid-size segment, with Suzuki Kizashi second and new Kia Optima right behind it.
I really hope the new Optima is the sales success that the Sonata has been. I would love to see a sales increase for the Mazda6, but I doubt the Optima will steal too many of the limited few who buy the Mazda6. Actually, I was very fond of the previous Optima (2006.5-2010), but I'm one of the very few. Somehow, despite the Hyundai Sonata's success during the same years, the Optima was invisible to retail customers with (rental) fleet sales keeping it afloat. My first exposure to it was as a rental car in 2007. I was in Phoenx for work and the Enterprise only had Sebring sedans available when I arrived. I drove it for less than a day before I called back to see if they could swap it out for ANYTHING else...but preferably not a Toyota (yuck). The manager said it would be a downgrade but he had a Kia Optima on the lot. The remaining four days were a pleasure and I was very impressed. I always asked for an Optima, Sonata or Mazda3/6 after that...and NO CHRYSLER vehicles!
The upside (for used car buyers) of the previous Optima's anonymity and high fleet sales is worst-in-class depreciation. Most who bought a new 2009 are most likely still 'upside down' in their loans, thanks to the car depreciating faster than the payments! So they are dirt cheap as used cars....then again, so is the Mazda6!
#2219 of 2394 Let's focus on actual Prices Paid
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Jan 09, 2011 (8:23 am)
While this is interesting, this isn't a Kia vs. Mazda thread... and, marketing aside, this discussion exists so members can compare prices.
#2220 of 2394 Re: Mazda6 - Reasons why it isn't selling.... [igozoomzoom]
Jan 09, 2011 (9:45 am)
Excellent post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
#2221 of 2394 Re: 2010 i GT auto with Tech Pkg. [glayfan40]
Feb 10, 2011 (1:25 pm)
Looks like a great deal to me. Actually, it's almost mission impossible to find a 6i GT anywhere. It seems that the bulk of the sales are the base model.
#2222 of 2394 Re: 2010 i GT auto with Tech Pkg. [azorglub]
Feb 10, 2011 (1:40 pm)
My 2010 Mazda 6i GT now has 16, 000 miles on it and is still tight, quiet, and luxurious. You could not find a nicer car anywhere, or I would of bought it.
I drove them all, could afford any of them, but the 6i still will beat them in any venue you want to compare.
And it still smells and looks like a new car.
#2223 of 2394 Snatched the last 2010 6i GT
Feb 13, 2011 (7:38 pm)
with Tech and Navigation package for $23.5k before taxes. I'm happy with the car. It has all the bells and whistles one could ask for. It's comfy, and handles well. The engine is not great, but at least, it'll keep my tendencies in check. Gotta say: why can't they make a hatchback. It's so much more practical.
Feb 25, 2011 (7:28 pm)
We just bought a Mazda 6S Touring Plus from Malloy Mazda in Woodbridge, VA.
Net Cap Cost: $22,649.
Lease: 42 months
Money factor: .0014
Monthly payment: 299.
The people at the dealership treated my three young children with kind tolerance and my husband and me with patience and respect.
#2225 of 2394 MAZDA 6 S GRAND TOURING TECH & NAV
Mar 31, 2011 (7:58 pm)
32500 WITH FLOOR MATS & SPLASH GUARDS WHITE WITH BEIGE INTERIOR IN PHILLY PA AREA. DO YOU THINK THIS A ALRIGHT DEAL. NOT TO MANY 6S'S AROUND
#2226 of 2394 Re: MAZDA 6 S GRAND TOURING TECH & NAV [mjm19]
Apr 01, 2011 (4:09 am)
What extras missing?
If loaded total. this is a buy.
#2227 of 2394 Re: MAZDA 6 S GRAND TOURING TECH & NAV [mrchuck]
Apr 01, 2011 (4:52 am)
2011 Mazda6 S Grand Touring
0 % financing
Techno white pearl paint
All weather floor mats
3 free oil changes