As for the zoom-zoom fun part, it is indeed a trip. That's more than enough warning and extra distance in which to slow down. It ripped to 60 mph in a quick 6. Stopping from 70 mph required only 178 feet. Great on the highway, with enough performance to tackle the Colorado passes. For once, the advertising wasn't sugar-coating the reality: it was zoom-zoom and then some. The longer stopping distance and lower skidpad number were perhaps due to middle-aged tires, but we're stumped over the slip in straight-line performance.
Braking from 70 mph worsened by 12 feet, to 190 feet, and skidpad grip decreased by 0. It included a long list of inspections and the routine oil and oil-filter changes and tire rotation. Less-aggressive tires and more sound-deadening material would have helped the problem. They seemed to work fine for some drivers, they seemed to work poorly for others, and at least one editor said he could feel nothing probably our insensitive managing editor. They also have a directional tread design to improve traction on wet and slushy roads.
Just one little problem: They don't work; they give off no heat. The 0-to-60-mph time slowed from 6. In all, a pleasant surprise. Some maddening pitches sing out, depending on the mix of pavement to the tires on the highway. It covered the quarter-mile in 15. Seats measure up well for long-haul comfort, and ride quality is better than I expected it to be.
There are indeed seat heaters. Our shiny silver Mazda 6, however, had boy-racer cladding and a rear wing that tended to stick out in a crowd. So, work on the road noise and ergonomics, Mazda. Lucky editors and staffers are free to take these long-term cars on extended trips, and we started racking up big odo numbers almost immediately. Its reputation gets a huge lift owing to its low maintenance.
You have to turn the temperature up to 78 or 79 degrees to get the cabin warm, even in 50-degree ambient temp. During a whiteout-snowstorm drive to Michigan's frozen Upper Peninsula, the Mazda 6 was slowed, but not stopped. I have more picks than nits. If you live in an area with heavy lidar use, the DefuserPlus should help keep you one step ahead of the cops. The staff praised the 6's ability to pass easily and its agility in traffic and on twisty roads. We can recommend these tires.
They were hard to find, and the amount of heat they generated was widely debated. Great pick-up speed when you need it as well. Seems willing to tolerate all demands without a whimper. Seat-heater control location on front of center console is absurd. However, I don't agree with Spence—my buns are telling me the heaters work. In early May 2003, we welcomed a shiny new Glacier Silver Metallic Mazda 6 s sedan, the most athletic model in the lineup, to our Hogback headquarters here in Ann Arbor.
As is our ritual practice, when the odo achieved 40,000 miles, we returned this long-term car to the track to see how its performance may have changed. It's a stylish and sporty sedan, and a little more work from the home office could make the Mazda 6 a real jewel. Living in the refrigerated section of the U. . So the only question that remained was, how would it stack up over the long haul, 40,000 miles' worth? The replacement was the , which we previewed and then road-tested in 2002. The large cup holders in the door panels drew huzzahs for their ability to hold big bottles and super-size pops.
The sportiness of its tightly stretched skin gave it a muscular look, and its straight-line performance and over-the-road agility were quite impressive—good enough to earn the 6 s a spot on our annual 10Best Cars list for 2003. The Mazda 6 s is a car with a lot of spirit, but winter driving was a less-hair-raising experience with these tires. The quarter's trap speed, however, didn't budge from 93 mph. Check the Web site for locations. But that was not the case with the 6. With the passage of 10 months here, it lost some of its zoom-zoom.