Crapwagon Outtake: 2004 Mazda6 Wagon
The internet hivemind is a funny thing. Considering nearly everyone on the earth has an easy way to broadcast their opinions worldwide, one would think there would be a wide variety in those opinions. Often, though, through groupthink or whatever, a solid consensus emerges as an overwhelming favorite.
See bacon. Or cat videos. Or Bernie Sanders (I promise, that is the last political statement I’ll make on these pages).
Car enthusiasts, when asked for an ideal daily driver, respond similarly:
Brown, diesel, manual, all-wheel-drive wagon.
The iconoclasts (some call them hipsters) love the subrosa appeal of an earth tone, oil-burning longroof. We always want what we cannot have. Heck, look at the funky Citroen I posted on our forum the other day. A brown(ish), wagon(ish) French car that would get some serious street cred in Williamsburg bench racing circles.
For me, practicality is the nexus of the appeal of any wagon. All the load carrying capacity of an SUV — or more, considering Mark’s experience with the CX-3 — with nearly the economy and performance of a low-slung family sedan. Here’s a somewhat rare beast: a 2004 Mazda6 wagon, sporting both the 220 horsepower V6 and a five-speed manual. For six thousand dollars. I’d love to fly into Dulles with the family, pick this car up, and haul the kids westward through the Shenandoah Valley twisties. That roofline gives plenty of room for camping gear, or were one so inclined, a large dog or two.
I’ve been trying to convince my wife that her Trailblazer is due for replacement, especially considering the 12 mpg she reports in her daily commute with the thirsty SUV. A Mazda6 wagon — really, any wagon — would be a perfect alternative.