2009 Mazda6

2009 Mazda6 With its crisp new look, refined interior and composed ride quality, available luxury amenities and quiet cabin, Mazda’s all-new 6 sedan is a poor man’s Lexus.

Although the new 6 is about 6 in. longer and 2.3 in. wider than its predecessor, the handsome 4-door doesn’t look any bigger. The new size translates to a 10-percent-larger trunk and 6-percent-larger passenger compartment, making it the new class leader in these areas.

2009 Mazda6 The basic 4-cylinder-equipped model is a lot of car for the money at $19,100. Its 2.5-liter engine performs admirably, making 170 horsepower and 167 lb.-ft. of torque, shifts smoothly (we only sampled cars equipped with the optional 5-speed automatic transmission and not the 6-speed manual), and gets a very respectable 22 mpg city/30 highway (the manual gets 21/29, respectively). The 3.7-liter V-6 makes a full 272 bhp and earns mileage figures of 17/25 in its automatic transmission-only configuration; it starts at $24,400, which includes a much broader standard equipment package. Both the 4- and 6-cylinder engines run on lower-cost regular unleaded gasoline, a welcome bit of engineering in these cost-conscious times.

On the safety front, traction control, stability control, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, tire-pressure monitoring and six airbags all come standard.

Numerous upscale options are available, including a DVD-based navigation system ($2000) and packaged together a power sunroof and a sensational sounding 333-watt, 10-speaker-plus-subwoofer sound system by Bose for $1800.

1992 B2600i of Robert Whittington

1992 B2600i of Robert Whittington This is my 1992 B2600i Truck. It has currently 124,235 Miles and runs like a champ. I bought it from an older individual who was a shadetree mechanic if you will. I think it was one of the best deals of the century. I purchased it for $3800 with 117,648 Miles. It was very clean, (and still is). I have owned it for 2 years. It has been very trouble free. I plan on driving it for another 15 years if I possibly can. The reason I got it is because my grandfather has a 1991 Nissan Compact Truck and it has been very trouble free as well, so I thought since I am a student who is tight on cash why not buy something similar? I also remembered that the GM’s and Chrysler’s in our family had not held up well, so I was leaning well toward the import brands. I knew I wanted a truck because that is what most teenage guys drive, so I was looking at the classifieds and got my eyes caught on this, and the rest is history. When I saw it for the first time I thought “Wow with these side graphics, cool chrome wheels and beautiful maroon paint it looks like a Ferrari for those who can’t afford one. I drove it and dealt on it and here it is.