|Reviewed By||Paul Duchene|
|Price as Tested||$33,440|
Intuitively fast, with 274-hp, 16-valve, turbo 4-cylinder, all-wheel drive with active torque split, slick 6-speed, huge vented brakes. Simple controls, including navigation, Recaro-style leather, heated seats (8-way power for driver), monster Bose stereo with 7 speakers, 6-CD player. Auto up/down on all windows, decent back seat, sizeable trunk. 2.3-liter engine returned almost 30 mpg highway—5 mpg above EPA estimate.
Quick clutch must be learned, keyless entry card begs to be left someplace. Needs trick color, like Subaru WRX electric blue, Mitsubishi Evo yellow.
The latest Mazda 6 redo resulted in sales doubling in Europe; I expect the same here, and this front-line fighter should give BMW 3 owners fits.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Nov 01, 2006