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Hi

When I first saw the 06 Mazda6 I thought it looked good. Then when I compared it with the 05 and earlier models, I though it didn't look as good because of the more humble type skirt package they used on the 06.

However, having said that, I don't think the 06 is better or worse than the earlier models in terms on asthetics. I just think it's geared towards a different type of target market. It still looks good but not as 'aggressive'. The more I look at the 06, the more I get used to it.

What are your thoughts?
 

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One of the visual cues that has most people upset is the way the '03-'05 side skirts and front/rear bumpers curve outwardly, away from the body at the bottom and the '06 follows the contour of the body. In most people's view, this looks less aggressive. In front, the bottom grille mesh is now flush with the bumper cover whereas in '03-'05 it was recessed. Again, a less aggressive appearance to most eyes. Most people here felt Mazda should have gone more aggressive in the styling vs. toning it down.

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Aww man, don't get Diva started about this! :nana:

The '06 changes wouldn't stop me from buying the car. I do wish they kept the side skirts from the '03-'05's. But as a trade-off, they have the black tails, which look sweet on the Steel Gray. The black tails should've been available starting in '03, as well as the blacked-out headlights.

Which leads me to another gripe, discontinuing the Steel Gray for '06. :swearin: The Tungsten Gray isn't nearly dark enough. But it's another trade off, because I'd probably get the Black Cherry now.
 

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wow, really like the 04 grille, but do prefer the 06 skirts... subtle, almost zen like. but the grille it way 'sportier'. i like the go-fast-holes or whatever they are :p

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Ahhh didn't notice the recessed grill either. I think the 06 sports grill isn't as nice either. Oh well..guess I should have noticed these things before I bought it! :)

Still a very nice car but your right. A lot of reviews of the 06 still show 05 pics so be careful! The MazdaUSA site is 10x better than the Canadian site (that's usually the case with every car manufacter for some reason) so you get a nice 360 of the car if you want.
 

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Aww man, don't get Diva started about this! :nana:
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Too late :nana:

Toyoguy essentially stated as the "general" attitude my opinion on it, though the lack of flared ground effect is around the entire circumference of the car. I did want a more aggressive body kit and fascias. After all, just because I am a muture adult with responsibilities does not mean I no longer want style and attitude in my cars.

However, he left out the blocky, out-of-proportion 18" wheels, the hideous cheap fog lights (though at least in the proper location), and all the interior design flaws added.
 

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Yes fog lights look a little cheap. Hate the way they don't look part of the front skirt and instead look like an 'insert'.

Interior is ok except the stereo...ugg..
 

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IMO for Interior: 05 > 06
I like the silver console a lot better than the black. Sure it doesn't allow for easily installing an aftermarket stereo, but stock, it looks like it flows better than the '06.

Why they took off the flap/lid to the center cupholder i have no idea but it really cheapens the look of the car on the 06.

Same goes for the the little flap/lid that goes over the ashtray.

Exterior: okay, the 06 has the black tails for the win, but that's about it.

Let's hear it for the 05 6!
 

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BIG TIME '05 All around , inside/out !!!

As for the stereo in the '06 ..... uuuhhhgggly , and correction ,; it just looks like you can change it ..... but looks are decieving : in that you still can't .... without a Metra Kit Shock !

Can we say , they just couldn't improve on a perfect all-around '03-'05 6 .... and that they shouldn't of messed with what works and fix rather what didn't !??

And don't get me started on the Speed 6 's looks , it gets worst .... the boy racer look with the wide open mouth .... forget it and those mags ! Now look at our mags : a la Porshe 911 (even better) albeit the width .

As for the '05's tail/headlights : I just find 'em perfect as they are contrasting their Red tails & Chrome headlights very well with my Onyx Black !

It is just a work of art all packaged and sculpted in one .... enough to make me want to buy a few more to last me till I expire @ 2050 :)
 

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The only thing I really like that I have seen is that some of them have the off-chrome tail lights that match the headlights perfectly on my '03! I'll be checking into some of those to replace my red OE's pretty soon.
 

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Amen, fellow 05 Onyx brother!
I agree with your comments about the Speed 6. I loved the car on paper and was always thumbing through car magazines for pictures and spy photos. I was really disappointed with the final product. I mean...look at those wheels! IMO, the regular 6 looks better (even the 06 :nana:), but of course the nod has to go to the 05's!

I have to agree with zoomnbyu about the tail lighs. Yeah the 06 lights look better but if I could get my hands on some euros, that would certainly hit the spot!

BIG TIME '05 All around , inside/out !!!

As for the stereo in the '06 ..... uuuhhhgggly , and correction ,; it just looks like you can change it ..... but looks are decieving : in that you still can't .... without a Metra Kit Shock !

Can we say , they just couldn't improve on a perfect all-around '03-'05 6 .... and that they shouldn't of messed with what works and fix rather what didn't !??

And don't get me started on the Speed 6 's looks , it gets worst .... the boy racer look with the wide open mouth .... forget it and those mags ! Now look at our mags : a la Porshe 911 (even better) albeit the width .

As for the '05's tail/headlights : I just find 'em perfect as they are contrasting their Red tails & Chrome headlights very well with my Onyx Black !

It is just a work of art all packaged and sculpted in one .... enough to make me want to buy a few more to last me till I expire @ 2050 :)
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Nope..although I don't like the way the new black 'insert' style looking stero looks on the 06 6, I wouldn't take the chrome look on the 05. If the 05 had that same layout but 'black' instead of chrome look then it would be perfect :)
 

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visual asthetics aside, i wish i held out for that 5 speed auto. but alas, i'm stuck in 4th...
 

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As an '05 owner, I have to say, I did not care much for the '06s but after seeing a few in the real world, they don't look bad.

I like the '05s better, needless to say.

Clean '05 6i, Steel gray.
Nice and sporty without the "Boy Racer" look.
 
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