View Thread: Test Drove a Mazda 6 Today


Dreamn
I took a test drive in the 6 cylinder, manual tranny Mazda 6 today and the only thing I could have wished for was less cars on the rode, :D

No, but seriously folks, here's my review, we'll start off with complaints:

Cons:
Very Very light clutch, almost no feedback, i might just be used to stiffer Honda clutches, but since the feel can be adjusted, not too much a problem.

red backlighting on the instument panels is annoying, i like green and blue colors much more

seat is higher than I would like in a sporty car, felt like I was driving above the car, or the steering wheel was too low, designed for shorter people it seems (I'm 6'0)

Pros:
Engine, took it all the way up to redline, smooth throughout, i pity the person that buys the demo car, :D. This feels like a 6+ second car

Handling-i will know more when i drive it on the track in April, but handling was rather good, steering feedback was quite good, felt the road better than my honda, :clap:

Center Console- Nice and unclutter, not a whole lot of knobs and buttons, clean brushed aluminum look.

Overall, a worthy car for a 23K sticker price, I'd take it over the Honda Sedan V6 for now, atleast until Honda drops the 6spd in the sedan, :cool: then I'd have a choice to make.

The Mazda salesman was real cool, didn't even bother asking for my driver's license before letting me take the car for a spin, ;)

Mazda is really trying to earn their Zoom-Zoom claim now, :) :drive:

mustangdriver
Looks like a great car. My buddy up in Jersey has been considering one recently. I want to take one for a spin. The one Enano got is pretty sweet, V6, manual, sport appearance package. The ground effects really add something to it.

I may consider one for my commuter car if I get the RX-7 or something similar for a 3rd "fun" car.

91 Integra
A kid at my school just got one. Silver. I got excited when I saw it parked a few spaces down from mine, until I saw the automatic transmission. :(

4 banger automatic... typical. :rolleyes:

Arthur Dent
I think I'll consider one for our next car. Probably when they are a year or two old. I don't buy new cars - too expensive.

masestylez
If I had a family i'd get one for sure or the new Jag X-Types, I like those.

911GT2
Enano got an automatic cause of his wife.

At least that's what i remember...

cegledi
I like them as well. I waited to buy the Accord (for my wife) until I saw the 6 in the ads. It might be a little to sporty for her but she'd have to work with that.

I would have to get an automatic as well since my wife can't drive a stick shift. The V-6 automatic has all the bells and whistles that we want so we're considering it.

eric
I'm not marrying a woman unless she drives stick.

masestylez
I'm trying to get my girlfriend to learn how.

eric
My gf won't let me teach her because she said my car is "too hard to learn on" but she has no problem trying her friend's mini. Makes me jealous of the kid. But whatever, its not like he's gettin her goods or anything.

scubie02
Think long and hard on that, guys. When I first met my gf she couldn't drive stick either. The huge benefit to that is she CAN'T BORROW YOUR CAR. Now like an idiot I taught her to drive stick, and she's always wanting to drive my wrx. I give her alot of credit for doing it (I think it was largely to impress me), but I must say you may regret it if you teach them to drive stick...just something to think about...

masestylez
Ah, good idea scubie02, my girflriend thinks shes going to drive my 7 when I get it. It's "too cute", maybe she won't learn stick, har har. :)

3.0L V6
The Mazda 6 is one of the best looking cars to come along in awhile. With 4 doors, a 220hp V6 and a manual transmission, it should be a hoot to drive. I don't like the looks of the sport package, however.

I wish I could afford one!

Turbojett
Originally posted by masestylez
I'm trying to get my girlfriend to learn how.
good luck. It took me three months to figure out that my girlfriend is a lost cause.:fro:

masestylez
three months and how many cars? :D if she does learn, she'll learn on her mom's truck, not any of my cars.

silverTA2002
I went and looked at one with my brother the other day. It's on his list of cars to consider.

Overall, it seemed like a pretty nice car.

The only thing that annoyed me was the salesperson. Before we even asked him any questions, he preempted with "well, you know we aren't selling these below sticker, the demand is just too high."

Things like that drive me nuts. We hadn't even driven the car yet and he's already trying to negotiate price to his advantage..... Grrrr, what a tool.

Dreamn
Originally posted by silverTA2002
I went and looked at one with my brother the other day. It's on his list of cars to consider.

Overall, it seemed like a pretty nice car.

The only thing that annoyed me was the salesperson. Before we even asked him any questions, he preempted with "well, you know we aren't selling these below sticker, the demand is just too high."

Things like that drive me nuts. We hadn't even driven the car yet and he's already trying to negotiate price to his advantage..... Grrrr, what a tool.

just tell him "really, the demand is 0 from where i'm standing" and then walk off:finger:

Enano Siniestro
My wife did learn how to drive a stick-shift, but she prefers an AT. The 5AT in the Mazda 6s has a lower (numerically higher) first gear than the manual, so it compensates pretty well. 0-60 times should be very close to the 6.8-seconds posted by the manual Mazda 6s.

As far as top speed, they are all limited to 120mph. Don't ask me why, and I don't really agree with that, but then again, where am I going to drive at 120mph? Or my wife, for that matter.