Similar experience with the SP23 AT, although the weight reduction helps a bit. I felt the 2.3 gets to its power band in a reasonable enough time frame (it could always be faster) but the 2.0 left me a little wanting and seemed somewhat noisier.BeeF said:I have a MZ6 with the 2.3 + Auto...I find the Auto a bit sluggish on the take off, the engine is OK between 3K - 5K RPM.
The MZ3 2.0 manual may well feel comparable to the MZ6. It's been a few months since I drove the MZ6 AT but I felt the SP23 AT was comparable, if not a little quicker (slightly less torque in SP23 but also less weight).BeeF said:So my next car will definitely be a manual. And I will be shopping in the low 20's I think.
I went in with an open mind but they all disappointed. The only other competitor I haven't tried is the Imprezza. After sufferring through the new Liberty 2.5's horrible acceleration, I don't expect the Imprezza RS (with same 2.5 engine and unappealing boy racer bits) will perform that much better. So I'm running out of options. As you indicate, the MZ6 is probably the closest competition and I think I'll drive a classic hatch AT to see. Its sticker price is about 2.5K more but is offset by having cruise as standard (an extra 700 on MZ3) and more haggle room, I expect. The MZ6 classic hatch has 4 less air bags, though.BeeF said:Just out of interest the Corolla you were going to drive was it the 'Sportivo'?
Yes, I spoke to a dealer today who confirmed the 6 airbags are now standard on the 6 classic. My initial comment was based on the website specs, which are obviously out of date. Also, an update on price difference. Ignoring haggle the price differential between MZ3 SP23 AT and MZ6 Classic AT is 3.5k.BeeF said:I believe that Mazda is introducing 6 Airbags on the MZ6 as standard sometime this year.
Actually, good news it is closer to 2.5K ($2715)AlmostExactly said:Ignoring haggle the price differential between MZ3 SP23 AT and MZ6 Classic AT is 3.5k.
Once upon a time with the WRX I think you could have said that but not anymoreAlmostExactly said:Subaru cars obviously sell themselves 'cause if my experiences are anything to go by, their salesmen don't seem to.