eh...OK I did another test drive in a Mazda 6 Signature today, took the same route. I noticed something, when I did the test last time I was rolling, not stopped, this changes things quite a bit. With very light traffic I came to a complete stop, and did a 0-60 launch without neutral bombing the drive or doing a brake-gas hold, this was just a brake then immediate shift to full on gas which there is a 2nd detent and I certainly felt it hit. This time I recorded a 0-60 of 5.8 seconds, which with deviation likely puts it around 6 seconds flat, quite possibly 6.1.
It does have a 2nd detent to it though, and it really wants to pull when you hit that detent, pretty sure that detent sets off something in the ECU to tell the turbo to just go full bore, and holy shit does this thing have some torque. This car gets a lot right, especially for the money, and its pretty quiet as well, its just incredibly sad to see that Mazda is only making the Miata MX-5 and the Mazda 3 as their car options now, as everything else is a freaking crossover.
Speaking of which, my 2 absolute least favorite automotive designs are SUV's and Hatchbacks, the Crossover is literally the unholy spawn of those 2 designs and it makes me sick. Yet because of their versatility they are selling like hotcakes. I will also go on record and say while you can "sport tune" a crossover, it will never be sporty like a Coupe or Sedan can be. I don't get why companies need to have 8 different crossover models which makes them kill off their sedan lines. Chevy nuked their Impala, a long standing staple, Buick got rid of the LaCrosse and the Regal with the Regal being the long standing staple, Mazda got rid of the Mazda 6, Ford now only offers the Mustang but modern Ford is a joke don't get me started. Sure Toyota still has the Corolla, Camry and Avalon, and you have both Hyundai and Kia with quite a few options, however if you look at the amount of Crossover offerings in comparison its NUTS. Sorry for the rant, its just something that irks me.
Not gonna lie though, I'm very interested in the new hybrid powertrains they're debuting in the Crown. 238 hp and 300+ hp. Keeping my fingers crossed they trickle down to the Camry hybrid.
The 3.6L in the GS doesn't have the same premium fuel recommendation as the 2.0LOP I know the Buick is off the radar pretty much but you also mentioned not wanting to fix your Lexus because it runs 93. Well the GS runs 93 as well just so you know. You can run lower octane but you’ll loose a little performance and potentially get knock.
I’ve noticed prices have come down slightly in the last month. I’m thinking $28K is about right and there’s no way I would pay those surcharges for financing and trade-in.Possibly the price is tied to amount of hits the car gets online and probably everyone here has looked at it once since it was revealed, LOL. Playing on the FOMO is a powerful marketing tool.
You are braver than me on the Maximas, I wouldn't go anywhere near a Nissan/Jatco CVT.
Nope.OP I know the Buick is off the radar pretty much but you also mentioned not wanting to fix your Lexus because it runs 93. Well the GS runs 93 as well just so you know. You can run lower octane but you’ll loose a little performance and potentially get knock.
Until you get smoked by some cat in a 4-cylinder Regal!