1. What is your driving style? Are you defensive, aggressive, spirited? Or perhaps a mix of all three, depending on your mood?
I accelerate intentionally. I do generally drive defensively, ie idiot avoidance, and I do enjoy the back roads and fun onramps from time to time... I'll speed up to get around somebody because they're stupidly slow, esp in the left lane, and there's a break in the right lane traffic, or I'll speed up before someone gets into the left lane because nobody around here knows how to merge and people in the right lane will hop into the left, or I'll speed up/punch it to catch a gap (A good gap, I don't try to squeeze) or forever be subjected to the idiot that doesn't know how to pass. Otherwise, I drive pretty well relaxed
2. Why did you buy your Mazda? Was it a more attractive option over it's competition, or were you drawn toward it purely from a driving enjoyment point of view?
Welp, my LeSabre was on it's last legs, so when I started looking for a car, I was wanting another sedan. I started off wanting an 2008 Avalon (because toyota reliability, a v6 with 50% more power and efficiencyish, and I had no problem with driving a boat... in today's standards, not 1960's lincoln continental boat...and 2008 because AUX jack ;D ). I couldn't find one that I wanted and my parents kind of talked me out of it with the argument that more luxurious cars are more expensive to repair. I still had my heart set on a v6 because I wanted a car that was no less powerful than my LeSabre (170 hp) and it's hard to find a used 4 banger with at least that within my budget ($6k). So I was down to Accord, Camry, Impala, 6, whatever Ford had... and screw Nissan and their CVTs... I cut down the list to the Accord and Camry for while but I couldn't find a V6 in my budget that wasn't beat to hell or had features I didn't want (leather seats). I was against the 6 for a little while because headroom... I did alot of shopping/feature looking on edmunds... and then I started looking at reliability on Car Complaints... the accord and camry had a little too many complaints for my taste (granted, they've sold a lot more than the 6)... My dad suggested a Mazda 6... I was looking at the first gen but I couldn't find one I wanted with a v6.... I eventually broke down and would start accepting a 4 banger... still couldn't find a first gen I wanted... times goes on and I find a used 2012 6i for 5500... which I bought... I had to clean it up for sure but it had everything I wanted... could use a smidge more headroom, but I drive the car and the driver seat lowers so I'm good ;3 Super fun to drive and I actually looked forward to a 4 hour drive.
3. What type of driving do you do? City? Highway? What sort of MPG are you achieving?
Highway mostly, but it's in a metropolitan area. So, I get around.... 24-28.... When I got the car, I hovered around 26 MPG, then I had a few fill ups where I got a pitiful 24 highway and I drove more conservative when I noticed it and it stuck around 24 for a couple fill ups and made its way back up to 26. I got 28 MPG on a road trip where I allegedly averaged 80+ mph and often cruised at 90.... mileage for me starts to drop above 80 mpg or 2700-3000 rpm... then my most recent fill up, and driving on the highway on a route I frequent, I actually averaged 30+mpg according to the computer.
4. How often do you rev the engine past 3500RPM?
Almost every time I drive it. Torque is non existant below 2200rpm I guess and I frequently have to jump into traffic from a stop. I usually try not to if I don't have to... when I remember to