June 2013 Consumer Reports writes that their tester Mazda 6 to them 44mpg on the highway and 32mpg overall, beating the Nissan Altima's 31mpg. That's amazing for a sporty car with over a 180 hp. I'm especially impressed with their highway numbers. I wonder how soft their foot was on the pedal. I notice my foot has an unusual amount of lead inside it.
Commenting on my being drawn to the Mazda 6, StarHalo writes:
"family sedan" are mostly exclusive of one another; modern affordable
sedans are like Starbucks cups - they're the minimum needed to get the
job done competently, that's all anyone expects so that's all anyone
gets. But there are a few surprising coffee mugs out there, and the
Mazda 6 is one of them..
I went to South Bay Mazda in Torrance to look at the CX-5 (my wife wants a larger vehicle than her Honda Fit). In spite of being impressed with online images, I was underwhelmed by the crossover CX-5 in person but felt a huge passion for the Reflex Blue Mazda 6 both inside and out. I swear had I not got my butt out of there soon, I was going to buy it. If my wife wants an upgrade, I hope she'll consider the Mazda 6.
Got a rental while my Maxima gets worked on for the next 2 weeks. I'm driving a gray Civic. Nice controls, fairly comfortable, but I wouldn't buy one. Too sluggish. Brakes feel spongey.
People are cutting me off as if I'm an effete egg head. This doesn't happen in the Maxima. Driving the Civic, I realize I'm more shallow than I completely knew. I crave luxury, power, performance. My next car would have to be an Acura, Infiniti, Lexus or maybe another Maxima.
Reliable. Check. Looks good. Check. Good gas mileage. Check. Allows you to pretend you're sitting in a BMW 5 Series albeit without the exciting driving dynamics. Check.
I haven't wanted a car like the new Honda Accord Sedan Sport in a very long time (internet photos don't do it justice). To add to my temptation, I notice a local dealership is selling them for about $23,600.
Probably have to wait though. My 07 Maxima only has 43K on the odometer.