I really like it. Not a massive advance over the old model, granted, but a bit more distinctive, and Mazda needs that right now.
The specs are impressive - 3,100lb for the 2.5; it should slightly edge out the Altima for lightest in the class (in the US) then. Also interesting to note that its length (191.5in) and wheelbase (111.4in) are closer to the current US-spec 6 than the EU-spec.
Looks-wise, I still prefer the Fusion/Mondeo, but that says more about how good a job Ford did than any lack of accomplishment on Mazda's part.
Last edited by SV; 08-29-2012 at 01:15 AM.