I am obviously not a gear head enthusiast like some of you on here worrying about a half second difference in a 0-60 test.
What does it matter in real life driving?
Said before and will say again.... if you are concerned about drag start times, Mazda is probably the wrong car and so is the Accord that is getting so much comparisons on this forum.
If you are looking for bragging rights on HP or stop watch times, then you should jump over to the Stinger GT forum or one of the overpriced German made cars.
I started out convinced I wanted a Stinger GT2 for $52k. But then reality set in that when I pull out of my garage to head to work, nobody was going to be in the passenger seat with a stop watch!
So I prioritized what I REALLY wanted out of my next car, and that list was:
1. Good looking car inside and out.
2. Fun to drive car. With some zoom.
3. All the luxury comforts of Nappa leather, heads up display, ventilated/cooled seats.
4. Reliable and low cost maintenance.
5. Prefer to stay under $40k
So that ruled out the beloved Stinger and all the Badge Envy cars like Audi, BMW & Lexus. So I heard about this newly released Mazda 6 Signature trim. Which in my opinion compares (price wise) with the Camry, Accord, Maxima and Passat.
When comparing these to the new Mazda, item #1
on my wish list above makes the Mazda stand out.
Call me vain, but the Honda, Toyota, Nissan all have ugly front ends. The 6 has a beautiful look from the front and side profile. And I even like the Mazda “wings” logo better then the tired look of the others.
(Side note: If you go to the Stinger GT forum, they are all removing the KIA logo and replacing with other badges - lol)
I test drove the New Turbo 6 and other then wanting to replace the tires for some better rubber, the car drives nice and is plenty fast.
I may not win a stop watch comparison, but then again most of my acceleration will come from a rolling start or passing some slow poke at highway speeds.
And when I am Zoom zooming past them, I will be doing so in the comfort of my Nappa cooled seats while watching my speed on the heads up display, and listening to my Bose stereo and checking my full list of blind spot indicators. All while looking good doing it and keeping $10k or more in the bank!
If you are about the stop watch, go buy a Mustang, Dodge or Camero. If you want a really nice car that doesn’t look like every other car at the intersection, then buy the Mazda.