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I was reading the newest Road and Track which gives details on the new cars for 2004. In a recent post I put up pictures of the SportX side by side with the Protege5 which is discontinued after 03.
NOW however, Mazda will have a Mazda 6 wagon which will be available in S trim with the 220hp V6. It is scheduled to be released mid 04. It's closer in size to a SportX and will be nearly $10 grand less. :eek:
Here is the only pic I could find online:


I don't know about interior dimensions or any other specs other than engine but I see a shootout coming!
BTW, the Mazda is FWD. :shame:
 

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The shape from the front doors back looks more like the 3 series Sport Wagon. At the end of the day who wants a FWD car with an open diff and a Ford V6? I would rather pay $10K more for an I-6 and LSD along with RWD. Since the 325 SportWagon doesn't have an LSD that still leaves the SportCross as my first choice.

I have spent some time in a Maz6. The new Honda Accord is the better all around car for the money IMHO. Throwing a wagon backend on Maz6 isn't going to change anything. :boring:
 

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Mazda6 = $27,670 Equipped like my Sportcross (leather, etc.)
My Sportcross was $30,000 plus tax
Plus, no Mazda6 manual trans within 100 miles of me (per website)
All in all, a no brainer for me
Actually I was all set to buy a Mazda6 until I drove a Sportcross

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I recently test drove a Mazda 6 Wagon and while it's longer and more spacious than our SportX, it's not nearly as fun. It's a nice car, but definitely not sporty. In fact, I also drove a Mazda 3 which I thought had more of the fun factor of the SportX at a much lower price--$17K starting--$22K with Nav and Leather.
 

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The Mazda 6 and Mazda 3 wagons clearly derived design inspiration from the SportCross -I think they were peaking at the Lexus's test paper while teacher wasn't looking.

There are obvious body style similarities, folding seats, even the interior looks similar. The Mazda 3 even has the same pop-up navigation screen, in the exact same place as the SportCross with a joystick control on the center council.... I am surprised they didn't copy the chronographic instrument panel...

Of course the Mazda’s are front wheel drive and not as sporty….. I am also not sure if you can get the 6 with NAV; web page is kind of annoying to navigate.

Take a look:

http://www.mazdausa.com/

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...
 

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With all do respect, once Ford (or GM & DC) get their mits on these cars, I would not touch them. Being a Volvo owner for the last 7 years, I realize one thing: The company who made my 940 and S70T5 no longer exists. To get another car, choice was another Volvo or IS300. The decision was easy and obvious. The Indigo Ink Pearl Blue jewel I purchased 10/31/04 is one of the most enjoyable and fun cars i've owned.
 

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daymer said:
With all do respect, once Ford (or GM & DC) get their mits on these cars, I would not touch them. Being a Volvo owner for the last 7 years, I realize one thing: The company who made my 940 and S70T5 no longer exists. To get another car, choice was another Volvo or IS300. The decision was easy and obvious. The Indigo Ink Pearl Blue jewel I purchased 10/31/04 is one of the most enjoyable and fun cars i've owned.
Congrats on your new ride and welcome to .net
 

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The Mazda 6 and Mazda 3 are nice cars but can't be compared with our car. I have never driven either of them but a Mazda 3 wagon tried toying with me on the G.S. parkway the other day with no success. I pulled on him with ease.
 

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I've spent a decent amount of time riding in and driving the Mazda 3. It's very very nice for a sub-$20k compact sedan/hatch. I've only ridden in the Mazda 6. The 6 feels on par with the Accord and Camry on luxury/nice-ness, but looks younger/cooler/whatever to me - both inside and out. I can't comment on driving dynamics, but most reports put it at the top of its class. Of course, because of the price gaps nobody should expect either car to compare directly to the IS300.
 
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