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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#15282 of 20239 I like the Mazda6 way better than I thought I would!
Jul 12, 2010 (8:51 am)
I just bought a 2010 Mazda as a family car. This was not my first choice for myself, but I needed a new car for the wife to drive (we have a 2-year-old boy and another baby due in October). I honestly didn't expect to like the car that much as it's just a 2.5L 4cyl with auto trans. I used to say I would never like a car with a 4cyl auto drivetrain, but I have to say I'm really impressed by this one. The engine has plenty of power and the AT works smoothly with this engine.
Not that I wouldn't rather be driving a WRX, mind you, but I do like the Mazda6.
#15283 of 20239 Re: I like the Mazda6 way better than I thought I would! [exit123]
Jul 12, 2010 (8:52 am)
I cannot figure out why Mazda does not sell as many Mazda6's as they should. The reviews are excellent and the car is a blast to drive. Plus, the build quality is fantastic. I just don't get it!
I will say that Mazda's advertising is poor. That might have something to do with it.
#15284 of 20239 Re: New Kia K5 (Optima) Preview [dash5]
Jul 12, 2010 (8:58 am)
Nict try at the K5 badging.
Nice review, hadn't seen that website before and thanks for posting. Would love to see pictures of this car just once without those godawful wheels on it.
Just read a test drive of the Sonata Turbo and it was very, very impressive. I personally like the Optima looks a lot better both outside and inside. If the interior on the new Optima is of decent quality material, The SX turbo will be on my short list.
#15285 of 20239 Re: I like the Mazda6 way better than I thought I would! [aviboy97]
Jul 12, 2010 (9:00 am)
I agree. As we all know, people don't always buy the best car. I think one thing that hurt the Mazda6 is that you have to move up a couple of trim levels (to the Touring Plus) to get Bluetooth. It's a lot easier on the Fusion or Malibu.
That's ok though, the slow sales helped me get a great price.
I have a Motorla T505 bluetooth speakerphone that cost $55 and works fine via the FM radio.
#15286 of 20239 Re: I like the Mazda6 way better than I thought I would! [aviboy97]
Jul 12, 2010 (9:08 am)
I have an 07 Mazda6 and was eagerly anticipating the newer version. The things I don't like about the new Mazda6 is that it got a little too big, the interior is nice but lacks useful storage for items like cell phone etc and I think the setup with the pushbutton start is tacky looking on the steering column. They took the nice cubby that the old model had at the base of the dash and replaced it with that pushbutton setup. Don't like it. The other thing is the gas mpg on both engines. I expected more improvement on the 4cyl and was shocked at the poor mpg of the 6 cyl. Not a real fan of the weird stripes in the cloth interiors either. Just a lot of nit picky things I know but when I usually have a vehicle for 7-8 yrs I really want to be satisfied with it.
#15287 of 20239 Re: I like the Mazda6 way better than I thought I would! [m6user]
Jul 12, 2010 (9:13 am)
It IS bigger. I came from a 2000 Alero and the size different is obvious when driving and parking. I don't have the pushbutton start or the striped interior. 21-30 MPG seems fine to me. The trunk is HUGE!
#15288 of 20239 Re: New Kia K5 (Optima) Preview [m6user]
Jul 12, 2010 (9:24 am)
I hear you with the wheels. I mean seriously that could be near a thousand dollars if I need to put new ones on it.
I also hadnt seen this before, and the reviewers say the interior is as good or superior to the Sonata, for what it's worth: http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2010/04/2010-new-york-auto-show-winners-and-l- - osers-cars.html
Where did you see the Sonata turbo test drive? I'm anxious to hear about it.
EDIT: OK I see the MotorTrend video and article, thanks for the tip.
#15289 of 20239 Re: I like the Mazda6 way better than I thought I would! [exit123]
Jul 12, 2010 (10:00 am)
Yeah, I would guess your Alero was probably very similar in size to the 03-08 Mazda6. I'm not saying the mpg on the 4cyl is bad by any means just not as big of increase that I expected. I thought it would come in at 32 or something like that. I could almost live in that trunk!
#15290 of 20239 Re: New Kia K5 (Optima) Preview [dash5]
Jul 12, 2010 (10:03 am)
I caught it on autoblog.com. Don't know if it's the same as MotorTrends or not....I'll have to check that out. They might have had a bunch of press in Korea for some test drives so they may be different but similar.