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San Francisco: This carís driving feel matches its aggressive body styling. The Mazda6 adds a new bargain-oriented model called the i Sport Value

Edition for 2007 and offers some very popular options at a cheap price.

If you ever wanted to learn about the limitations of science, just wait until youíre about to fall asleep. Thatís when, after blinking, nodding and stretching, youíll perform the scientifically unexplainable phenomenon known as a yawn.

Yes, the greatest minds in the history of the world have never been able to prove exactly why we yawn. There are plenty of good theories about it, that we need more oxygen in our blood before sleeping, that it raises our blood pressure and heart rate, that it equalizes the pressure in our eardrums, or even that itís a way of relieving stress, but no one knows the exact reason for this simple bodily function.

One thing is certain. If you want to create lots of yawns, you need to drive a front-wheel-drive sedan. The lowly sedan is the best way to take something as exciting as a car, a fast-moving projectile propelled by thousands of explosions per minute, and make it more boring than a pair of leather loafers.

Itís like listening to a John Grisham novel being read by Ben Stein.

There are a handful of sedans available that elicit more yells than yawns, the Audi RS4, Mitsubishi Evolution and Subaru WRX come to mind, but each of those come with huge price tags and rough suspensions that arenít ideal for hauling babies and groceries.

So, what if you want an affordable sedan thatís not dull as a bucket of beige paint? Try driving this car, the awkwardly named Mazda6. The Mazda6 is a four-door, front-wheel-drive sedan, only it doesnít make you yawn. It feels like a bigger, heavier version of Mazdaís MX-5 sports car.

When you turn this car into a corner, it doesnít just change direction. It hunkers down. It crouches. It gets ready to pounce, and then it springs into the corner like a lion tearing into a gazelle. Itís in full attack mode.

You get the same feeling when you step on the accelerator. It doesnít have the same Hiroshima-caliber blast of power youíd feel in a muscle car like the Ford Mustang, but it does have an eagerness to wind up, at an aural and tactile crescendo, that makes you want to drive it. Hard. And fast.

Of course, the Mazda6 isnít all about excitement. It doesnít ride nearly as rough as a typical sports sedan, and the interior has plenty of features meant more for comfort than fun, including lots of cupholders, storage bins and electronic gadgets.

And it starts around $19,000 and tops out at $27,000, plus options, for the Grand Touring model. One of the best bargains in the lineup is the new-for-2007 i Sport Value Edition, which includes 17-inch wheels, a power driverís seat, six-CD changer and more for $20,630. And thatís not much money for a very fun-to-drive sedan.

What was tested? 2007 Mazda Mazda6 i Sport Value Edition with automatic transmission and a base price of $20,630. Price as tested: $20,630

Why avoid it? The sporty driving feel wonít appeal to everyone.

Why buy it? Itís amazingly fun to drive considering itís a four-door, front-wheel-drive sedan. It feels like a bigger version of Mazdaís MX-5 sports car.  By Derek Price  © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco

 

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Column Name: The Mazda6 i Sport has four doors but feels like a sports car
Topic: The 2007 Mazda Mazda6 i Sport
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