Most fun to drive 6 speed manual and AWD
This car is quick and is a lot of car for the money. I understand the maintenance needs to be kept up with since it is an AWD turbo, but it is very fun to drive.
No Doubt Sleeper With Some Flaws
The car is another Mazda Bang For The Buck. 4 bang turbo with AWD mounted with 6 speed sounds great which it is IF you can accept the following: 1. Touchy clutch... need to put gas into it before releasing clutch gradually to get a smooth take off as well as shifting other gears. 2. 6 speed is notchy and if you don't pull stick far left, you will start in 3rd gear. In 5th gear, if you don't pull the stick to far right, you downshift to 4th gear. The same equipment in 2007 Speed 3 which I owned and thus had the same experience. I bought 2007 Speed 3 first and new. Speed 6 used which had 91,000 miles. Now 118,000. 3. Heavy stearing, the touchy clutch (which can be overcome with experience) and 6 speed tranny = not a great daily car in city traffic. 4. Technically can't pull down backseats, but can be done if you removal trunk panal behind the seats and find the release for both real seats. Positive: it's a grand touring car which I use for out of town travel. Smooth in 6th gear and feels it should be at 80 mph though safer for mileage and cops if you drive at 75. Good pickup in 6th gear without having to down shift. However, small oem fuel pump doesn't allow you to step on hard to get speed. Just push gradually and the power comes where a lot of other drivers on the highway are a little shock!!
My 07 Mazda Speed6 is absoulety the shiznitt! Fast, Sexy and Great handling in the Chicago Winters. Why did they only make it for 2 yrs?