The sporty appearance of this vehicle promises quick response from the gas and nimble handling on the road. It delivers on those promises. The MX6 is very agile and responsive due to the P205/55 tires that are standard. The tight suspension also contributes to the road feel and agility.
My last car, which I drove for almost 11 years was a 2.0 Litre 4 cylinder Mazda 626 LX. The Mazda MX6 is basically a 626 LX with a new body, 2.5 6 cylinder engine, a tight suspension and performance rated tires. The reliability of the 626 speaks well for the MX6.
The harder 'ride' of the MX6 took some getting used to. I was accustomed to a softer and more gentle 'ride'. Long trips in this car can be tiring because of the stiff suspension.
The 2.5 Litre 6 cylinder engine in this car is small, as 6 cylinder engines go. This does not stop it from filling the engine compartment. Shade tree mechanics (like me) will be challenged by the tight confines if they try to work under the hood. I have a manual transmission. There seems to be some sort of fluid sharing system between the brake and the clutch systems. The clutch does not 'grab', but engages smoothly.
This vehicle is not a muscle car! I describe my car as luxury/sport. The specs call for 169 horsepower, which will get you to the finish line behind some 8 cylinder 5.0 Litre behemoth.
The cabin amenities are good. The AM/FM stereo with cassette functions well. The speakers are on the better side of average for factory supply. The power seat works well and has forward and back travel as well as limited up and down. All of the controls are easy to read and find even in the dark.
Back seat room is cramped.