I didnít mention anything about extra or options. Navigation, leather seats, etc etc doesnít add anything to performance.
You are still paying 30k for a 185hp car compared to the ~250hp the Camry and accord offer.
Mazda shines by offering extra and options at a lower price point compared to those two....but until the 2.5t comes out, they are underpowered.
An upgraded engine is just another option along with leather, navigation, etc. They satisfy different needs. Leather serves the comfort need, a more powerful engine serves the performance need, etc.
What you're really saying, which I agree with, is the 6 lacks the option of a more powerful engine for those (~15% of sedan buyers) that feel the base engine (of any midsize sedan for that matter, since is 6 is the quickest among base engine sedans) is not powerful enough for them. That's the accurate way of putting it. Just putting out a blanket statement that the 6 is underpowered, as this article did and some posters on here do, infers that it isn't as quick as the other base-engined midsize sedans it directly competes with. That will turn off prospective buyers who are just looking for a base or mid-level sedan (~85% of buyers).
The 6 GT competes directly with the Accord Touring with 1.5T and CVT and stickers for almost $34,000. And the 6 is quicker than the Accord in that configuration. The 6 GT does NOT compete directly with the Accord with the 2.0T / 10-speed which is a $2,000 option on the EX-L and Touring and a $4,530 option on the Sport.