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Ok, good things to check on.
First off, and I'm fairly certain others will agree, this is a rock solid AT. The one in my '16 Mazda3 was solid, and this one is no different. Quite honestly, having had at least 10 cars to this point in life - all automatic - this is the best auto I've driven. Primarily because of the non-existent lag in the paddle shifters.
When you press the paddle, it shifts - it's damn impressive in comparison to what I've used in past. As one member on here put it in his review (he had obviously driven some pretty nice cars), it's not Porsche PDK quick, but it's pretty damn quick. The really nice thing is your don't have to be in "manu-matic" mode to use the paddle shifters. For example, I don't like to hit the detent on the pedal. So on the highway, if I need to pass and downshift two gears, I don't floor it, I simply hit the paddle shifter to go down two gears and quickly go into the throttle and then shift up when I'm ready. I don't need to select M on the console shifter or anything, it just does it when I tell it to. I believe Mazda refers to this as DM mode as once you get back to cruising, it'll take over again as if you were in D all along.
The point you're probably not going to like, the 2.5T Auto in the 6 doesn't hold the gears as one would like. It was one of the first things I noticed coming from my Mazda3. My Mazda3 2.5 Auto held each gear as desired and shifted as fast as I wanted it to when using the paddle shifters. So naturally I expected the same from the 2.5T Auto, only to be slightly disappointed. It will force a shift UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES as I noticed:
For example, coming out of a turn in DM, I eased into the throttle waiting for the straightaway, and the thing shifted in DM mode, that was disappointing - didn't do that in my 3. However, I have yet to have it force a shift when I'm purely in M mode using the shifters. The car is equipped with a 4.09 final drive and it bounces off the rev limiter REALLY fast in first gear, so be forewarned.
I'm not a daily user of M mode, but I've never been disappointed when using it. Those are just a few tidbits I've learned through my few years with Mazda; both my 3 and 6.
I say go for it, I really don't think you're gonna be disappointed.
EDIT: And seeing you're not looking to do the turbo, I guess none of that really matters. In which case, I refer to my '16 Mazda3 - that thing held the gears beautifully and was always satisfying.
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Last edited by Chazzy J; 10-22-2018 at 05:19 PM.