At work today after dropping the Mazda 6 test drive back to the dealership. The decision is close… in a nutshell, Niki prefers the Mazda 6 and I prefer the Camry. Both very good cars, but also very different cars.
The Mazda is sportier. It has a low profile and has a lot more responsiveness off the lights. Both cars have the same engines (4cyl 2.3L) but the gear ratios mean that the Mazda “zoom zooms” whereas the Camry is more of a cruiser.
The Camry is larger and clearly has an advantage in passenger room and driver comfort. The seats are also softer and the car drives a lot more smoothly – you tend to feel every bump in the Mazda.
I personally prefer the interior of the Camry as well. Has a bit more of a luxury car feel to it whereas the Mazda is a bit more harder and the dash and consoles are in red LED. At night it is very bright and to me, off putting.
The end result is that I am going to get the Auto Search people to crunch the numbers and get the very best price for each and throw in what they can to do the deal…
Also, just for the record this weekend is my birthday :-) Please send all the lavish gifts you can! Hehe