The most horrible day in a driving enthusiast's life is when he or she realizes it's time to trade-in the beloved
coupe for a traditional family
sedan. Few companies understand this angst better than Mazda, which is why it created a fun-to-drive four-door family sedan with racy good looks and a budget-friendly price tag. The
2008 Mazda MAZDA6 is in the same market category as the
Hyundai Sonata and
Toyota Camry, but offers a much more flavorful driving experience, not to mention a wide and varied lineup that includes a four-door sedan and five-door
hatchback. Although not as roomy inside or as large outside as the Camry, the MAZDA6 is a more satisfying daily driver, with more than enough room to accommodate a family of four.
For 2008, a tire-pressure monitoring system is made standard, while Touring trims receive a Bose audio system and the i Sport models receive new 17-inch alloy wheels. Sadly, the
wagon model has been dropped from the line up.
For 2007, all Mazda6 cars receive anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control and side-curtain airbags as standard equipment. A new trim level, the Sport VE, is offered on both the four-cylinder i and six-cylinder s models.