Ace of Base - 2017.5 Mazda 6 Sport
Tankinbeans on Jan 24, 2018
I have a 2017 Touring model and if I had one gripe it would be that the infotainment system is a bit slow to boot up and get going if using Pandora or Stitcher, otherwise there's really nothing that I can complain about. As for power it seems perfectly adequate for what I need. Anything more and I'd feel like I was wasting the car. My friend has a 2017 Mustang GT with whatever it has for power and it was fun to drive the one time I've gotten to, but knowing myself and the fact that I recognize my limits behind the wheel I don't know where I'd really get to enjoy it safely and without putting others in danger. I live in Minnesota where it's relatively flat and there are no curvy roads and I'm not interested in spending money on trackdays. If I had that much power it would be akin to driving a brodozer and never carrying more than maybe a couch; I'd rather not feed the loud pedal.
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