Hello Mazda 6 Club!
I recently had some bad luck and good fortune. While driving to work on the last Monday of March I was the middle car in a 3-car sandwich wreck on the highway and walked away unscathed except for some serious soreness. While I made it out unharmed, my old 2002 Dodge Stratus did not. It was totaled out and I was thrown into the vast, scary world of looking for a new car to buy. Not being a car nut at all, I was immediately overwhelmed by trying to figure out what the heck I actually needed in a new car: 4 or 6 cylinders? A hybrid? How much horsepower? What size? OhGodWhatDoIDo?
Now, before this whole experience I had never driven nor even really considered looking at a Mazda. That completely changed when I got my rental car: a 2011 Mazda 3 (this was the good fortune). It was the most bare bones rental car I have ever
gotten. It didn’t even have power locks and I can’t remember how many times I accidentally walked away and left it unlocked. Anyway, despite that, It was still just so much fun
to drive. I spent a whole Saturday (10 hours) going from Dealership to Dealership talking to salesmen and driving cars because I had absolutely 0 idea what was out there, and each time I got back in the 3 to drive to the next dealership I was having more fun than I was in the new cars! Around hour 5, I saw the sign for a Mazda Dealership and thought “….Yeah, why not. Let’s go look and see what they have." I walked in and saw what was eventually going to be my new car.
I spent the next week hemming and hawing about what the heck car I was going to get, and I kept going back to the Mazda Website to see that
car again. I checked major review sites, blogs, youtube videos, and even message board posts to compare the models I were considering. The race ended up being so close and the cars so even based on my criteria that it ended up coming down to looks and how much actual fun the car was to drive, and the Mazda blew the rest away.
So, long story short (and I’m sure the only part anyone here cares about): I’m now the proud owner of a brand spanking new 2014 Mazda 6 GT in Reflex Blue with White Almond interior. I was originally going to get the Touring model, but I ended up getting waaaaay more money for that old Stratus then I even imagined I would, and that bumped me over the edge into the Grand Touring model.
I’ve had the car for about 2 weeks now and I had a car nut friend who helped me through the whole process ask me a question. He said “So, you bought a new car after you said it was stupid to buy new since they lose value so quickly, you went up to Leather seats after you said you didn’t need leather, and you got a Mid-Size after you said you probably only need a smaller hatchback-style car. Having any buyer’s remorse?” My response? “Absolutely not. This car is gorgeous, fun to drive, and did I mention it’s gorgeous?”
2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring in Reflex Blue with Almond Leather interior.