I just wanted to share my experiences with my 6 on my first road trip with it. I went from Silver Spring, MD to Elmira, NY (300 miles). I bought the car 9 days ago, so on the way to NY I was still breaking it in. It got looks everywhere!!! Other drivers losing focus on the highway to stare... people at the rest area and BK I stopped at coming up and saying "I have never seen such a cool looking car". It was awesome to have so much attention! I finally get to Elmira, NY where no Mazda dealers exist for about 100 miles. People all over the town were staring and "awe"ing at it. I took my family for a few car rides and they loved it! The leather interior was really comfortable.
On Saturday I went to Binghamton University to attend my sisters graduation and was the only 6s in the parking lots (as far as I could see!...I did see a 6i, bare bones though). People here, especially students were all over the car.. peeking in the windows and doing the ever popular walk around! All in all the attention was awesome!
In regards to handling and performance, the car is so nice! Handles beatifully with a minor left pull which beocmes noticeable on the shitty upstate NY roads. I am still getting comfy with the manumatic. I usually keep it in Auto unless im on the highway and need a jolt to pass, and even then the car has the power! The windows down and the sunroof open made a lot of wind noise, but im not usually the type to drive with all the windows open and the sunroof... so I did not find this too annoying. In the city, the windows down, moonroof open and radio on..... not enough wind to cause much noise.
The car grips the road nicely at high speeds and the steering is very responsive. I wish the car had a little more initial getup, but at the same time it keeps from the really bad jack rabbit line starts. The car is very quiet both in the city and on the highway. I am amazed at the silence when idleing... its like the car isn't on!
Few gripes I have... fusebox is in a crappy location.. I knocked the cover off about 5 times in 5 days... so once a day! If you make one seat power, do the passenger side as well! Put 4 license plate holes in! 2 stink, and if your plat gets bowed a little everytime you shut the trunk the plate hits my paint... I have a little wear spot from that already. Finally, add a power lock feature to keep kids from opening the windows while in the back seat.
Other than that, awesome awesome car. Im hoping to have many good years with it.