"Cnet Review Misses the Mark"5.0 starson by jfridl
Pros: I now have my second Mazda6, now a 2010. I bought the Touring Plus model with the 4cyl engine and 5-speed automatic. It has met or surpassed all my expecations. It's sleek, comfortable, quiet, fun to drive, roomy and overall a great road car.
Cons: Would like to see a headrest added to middle position of backseat. Also, adding a USB port would be nice.
Summary: I like the fact that the roads are not clogged with the Mazda6 like Camry's and Accords. They are fine vehicles too, to be sure, but I've never wanted to drive a 'generic' car that everybody else has. The 2010 model does have automatically locking doors (above 12 mph) and the Grand Touring (GT) model is available with the 4cyl. I think the Cnet review overall had a bias against midisized 'family' sedans ("a boring segment") and also was focused too much on only the high tech electronics aspect of it, such as the navigation system. As far as I'm concerned that's an option that is way to expensive to buy installed on any car. I'd much rather have a $200 Garmin than drop $1500 from the car manufacturers. The reviewer did like the Mazda's blind spot monitoring system and I like it a lot too. A truely useful safety feature that none of the competition offers, yet he classified the tech features of this car as 'mediocre'. I also like the bluetooth hands free phone system (again on par with competition) and ability to sync wirelessly to my phone for music. I was able to import my phone contacts, though only one at a time. If you're looking for a reliable , safe (5 star all around), fun to drive car that stands out from the competition, I'd strongly suggest you drive a Mazda6 before you buy a mid sized sedan.
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