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#68 of 91 2003 Mazda 6 vs 2006 Sonata GLS V6
Jul 08, 2006 (7:03 am)
I just have to chime in here. My son and his wife own a Mazda 6. Nice car, I've driven it. I love the red lit instrument cluster. However compared to my Sonata it does ride crudely rough. The seats are hard and I don't care for the material the seat surfaces are done in. My son has sat in my car but he hasn't yet driven it. I thought I saw a hint of jealousy in his eye though when I showed it to him. My daughter has a 2004 Dodge Stratus and she has driven the Sonata and really likes it over her car. Her only comment was that the light colored seats would show grunge quicker with her kids than the black interior she has in the Stratus. The Mazda 6 my son has had some mechanical issues though I cannot remember the specifics. The dealer he bought from has been a pain to deal with and he wishes he had bought somewhere else but I think overall he is happy with the car. It too has a 4 cyl. engine in it but it is a peppy 4. One thing I did note, he is a cop and drives a 2004 Chevy Impala police cruiser and I have to say I have ridden in it and the Sonata seems to have every bit the same or more interior space than his Chevy police car does. That impresses me.
#69 of 91 Re: My analogy [chrisford]
Jul 21, 2006 (3:15 pm)
maybe its time to check the new ratings that jd power just put out. maybe it will make some rethink hyundai (ahead of the jap makers, verrrrry interesting.....).....
#70 of 91 Re: My analogy [doanej]
Aug 19, 2006 (7:28 pm)
hyundai level of quality has been impressive of late, but it's worth putting this into perspective...per 100 cars, I think hyundai was found by JD Power to have around 200 problems, while Mazda was reported to have around 240. so having .4 more problems per car for a car that is quite a bit more fun to drive is worth it to me!
#71 of 91 Re: My analogy [zzzoom6]
Aug 19, 2006 (8:18 pm)
Fun to drive for me as well!!
Anyway, I am pretty sure the other poster was referring to the IQS from JD Power (measuring initial quality), of which Hyundai finished 3rd amongest all nameplates.
I believe you were referring to the VDS from JD Power, which measures three years old vehicles (so from 2003). And actually Mazda finished just ahead of Hyundai but both below industry average.
Should the historical trends hold up, Hyundai should do very well in the 2009 VDS (measuring 2006 vehicles).
#72 of 91 Re: 2003 Mazda 6 vs 2006 Sonata GLS V6 [cajuncycler]
Sep 04, 2006 (4:02 pm)
"However compared to my Sonata it does ride crudely rough."
Love the ignorance. The Mazda6 is tuned to drive "firmer" than a grandma's comfort couch.
The (new) sonata is a good car, but the two cannot be compared when it comes to ride quality. Different demographics.
#73 of 91 Re: 2003 Mazda 6 vs 2006 Sonata GLS V6 [chikoo]
Sep 05, 2006 (9:42 am)
I drove and liked the Speed6, but it got vetoed. The Secretary of the Treasury said it was too noisy and rough.
#74 of 91 Re: 2003 Mazda 6 vs 2006 Sonata GLS V6 [bobad]
Sep 05, 2006 (11:28 am)
Did you also try a regular (non-speed) Mazda6?
#75 of 91 Re: 2003 Mazda 6 vs 2006 Sonata GLS V6 [jeffyscott]
Sep 07, 2006 (3:36 pm)
Yes, same verdict.
Oct 03, 2006 (11:15 am)
My final two contenders, after looking at Camry and Legacy, were the 2007 Sonata SE V6 automatic (no 5-speed is offered with the V6) and the 2006 Mazda6s V6 5-speed. On paper, it seemed that the Sonata offered the better value (though it was close), and in the back of my mind I thought it was the one I would buy. Then came the test drive. I thought the Sonata was a very fine car, and I loved the space. But the Mazda6 - man, that thing stole my heart. I love the seats, the sound of the V6, and the confidence-inspiring handling. The Sonata was a car I would have been satisfied to own; the Mazda6 is a car I am thrilled to own - and drive. You can't go wrong with these two, you just have to figure out which one feels right to you.
#77 of 91 Re: Chose the Mazda6 [mazdamotoring]
Oct 03, 2006 (4:23 pm)
See, it just goes to show you that it is so wonderful there is a broad spectrum of cars to choose from. This way everybody gets what they want!