So I bought a Mazda6 Turbo
KingT last edited by KingT
It’s a 2020, top of the line Signature, former company employee car <4200 miles, Certified Pre Owned. Even has the new car smell still. It’s basically a new car I got for $9000 off MSRP. Got a good trade in value for my G and a good interest rate for the financing as well. It’s not the blue I wanted, but the Gray looks classy enough, I think.
• Best looking non-luxury brand sedan inside and out IMO
• Love the brown interior, can feel a little dark when it’s cloudy but in the sun, you can see the different shades between the dash suede trim, Sen wood and Napa leather seats
• The touch surfaces are very high-quality, reminds me of an Audi. Temperature control knobs with metallic finish and a satisfying click, weighted buttons and infotainment controller etc.
• Heated seats, heated steering wheel and ventilated seats, Oh yeah baby!
• It’s very spacious and comfortable. Rear seats have a lot of legroom, even with a sloping roof you can get in and out ok and the trunk is pretty big even if not class-leading
• Handles great, but I think the Accord has it beat there
• Like the grumbly engine note, The turbo torque is the highlight, obviously. Strong anywhere from 2000RPM drops off at 5000 and the transmission short shifts anyway. I don’t even bother using the paddles. There’s so much midrange torque that I don’t even need to downshift
• One of the quietest cars I’ve driven, even at highway speeds. Some road noise from tires over 70mph I drove it back 4 hours, partly in the rain immediately after buying it. But in everyday city driving it’s a sanctuary where I can listen to podcasts in silence
• No torque steer at all, wheelspin is controlled very well if you don’t ham-fist it.
• Sport mode is a simple toggle switch you either turn it off or on. No cycling thru modes. Love that.
• Throttle response and gas pedal is very smooth, progressive and feels just right
• I had to switch my driving style going from NA High strung V6 RWD to FWD turbo. Roll into it, smooth and ride the wave of torque no need to wring it out
• It’s wayyy quicker when it’s on the roll that from a dead start. In suburban driving, managed to close some gaps in the 30 to 50MPH range so fast I surprised myself. Car& Driver tested 0-60 at 6.1 but 5-60 is what I go with which mirrors real world situations, that was 6.4.
Overall, it’s a very sophisticated car and punches well above its weight as far as midsize sedans go.
Wishlist in order of preference:
• 8 speeds or even just 7 with a short first gear would be perfect!
• AWD would be nice to have but with good tires it’s somewhat compensated. It doesn’t snow here a lot in the South and if it were a deal-breaker wouldn’t have considered this
• Fog lights
• 4 way lumbar instead of 2, and thigh support at least for driver
• Larger infotainment screen, 10+ inches with wireless Android Auto and wireless charging
• Infotainment is kinda slow to start up, but the cameras come on instantly so that’s more important
• Android auto is not touch-enabled even when stopped, but I got used to it as I have to use the controller for everything anyway
• Ambient lighting is only white, need colors
• Centre console cover doesn’t come to the front all the way so can’t rest your arm on it. Thinner padded portion is not the best solution
• HUD fades away with polarized sunglasses but I guess it’s a universal problem
• Seat base is not soft but not bad
• OEM Falkens are just OK, can’t wait to replace them with a top rated UHP all season
• No hydraulic hood struts
• Brakes are not very progressive there’s some play before they bite and it brakes strong.
• Moving on from hydraulic steering is not easy. It’s quick and has weight but just doesn’t have the same feel but I knew this beforehand
Despite all this I’m very happy with the car and it has all the tech/safety/comfort features I need now.
• It’s already tinted, might get it professionally detailed (paint correction and maybe a ceramic coating)
• No performance mods planned, will just run Premium gas when I feel like it
• Drive it for 4 years (till I pay off the loan at the very least)
I've had it for a week. Took a lot of self control to take my time gather my thoughts and not post the day of itself LOL. Need to know more? AMA
CarsOfFortLangley last edited by
@kingt Nice!!! Thats such a pretty car
trivet last edited by
Very sweet! I am really liking the brown interior. All I see is black/gray anymore....
@trivet Yeah it's so much better when there's some sunlight on it. Wouldn't have minded the "Parchment" off-white as well but glad I could get this combo
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Not the Blue I wanted but Gray is classy enough. Got a good trade in value for my G and a good interest rate for the financing as well. It’s not the blue I wanted, but the Gray looks classy enough, I think.
Saying it twice doesn't make it true!
JK, beautiful car! Great buy! I too love my real colors, but if I find the right car at the right price I'll be more than happy to give up on color (and as a result I drive a silver BMW and a gray Bolt).
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Love the Zoom Zoom! Got 2 myself, though not as new as yours. Welcome to the club!
dtg11 last edited by
@kingt Looks great. Same color combo as a Miata my fiancee saw that we both love. It should be a great car for you and I'm excited to hear about reliability.
Very nice! I'm glad to hear you say it's quiet inside. I think that was the weak spot in the Mazda car experience for a really long time. I know it was with me back when I tested them.
Same problem with the HUD on my K900. Nothing you can do about it but raise your eyes a little bit and look out from under your glasses.
phenotyp last edited by
@kingt Still the best-looking sedan of the last, I dunno, 6 years. Great choice.
spacekraken last edited by
@kingt Pretty! Mazda's design is second to none on reasonably priced cars
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@kingt Wow, I love it.
@chariotoflove Yeah the first time I test drove one back in 2019 I thought it compared to Lexus levels of quietness.
There's some road noise but that I assume is due to the lower tier Falken tires. Will upgrade to a quieter UHP all seasons that are rated better and see but it will be a while
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@kingt Falken Sinceras by any chance? Had those on my wagon for a bit, terrible things. Less dry grip than prius tires in the rain lol
@dtg11 They're very reliable. The 2.5Turbo has been used since 2016 and the 6 is unchanged from then so I'm very confident. Plus I still have extra 12 months unlimited warranty, everything is covered till 2024, plus a 7 year 100K powertrain coz It's certified pre owned too.
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@kingt Very nice! I loved the 2020 Turbo FWD I drove. It's on the short-list for next car.
KingT last edited by KingT
@spacekraken Ziex- https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Falken&tireModel=ZIEX+ZE001+A%2FS
They're not even basic performance all seasons, definitely a big downgrade from the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ I had on the G.
Don't want to upgrade right away as they have only 4500 miles on them
@jarrett Awesome! I highly recommend it. Almost nobody buys the 6 so used values are relatively lower even with the inflated market now.
Jarrett last edited by Jarrett
@kingt That's what I'm banking on. I want to pick one up that's a couple years old for child/wife duties. Just waiting on the 3 to die. It's about to turn over 200,000km and it literally owes me less than nothing.
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@kingt wow that's nice!!
I replaced the OEM Eagle GTs on my RX-8 with Falken performance tires. I don't remember which model. I liked them, but then again, NVH reduction was never a big priority on that car.
@chariotoflove I've typically stuck with the UHP All Seasons from Michelin/Continental/Bridgestone and they've worked very well for me
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@kingt needs a manual trans.
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@kingt Very nice! My parents have a 2019 6 turbo in red. It is a very good car. I think you'll really enjoy yours.