So I drove a '97 626 for the last 8 years and decided to get a new drive. I started looking at BMWs (too $), then Nissans (no handling), then Fords (hate that grill) and occasional glances at Honda, Toyota (yawn) and the rest. I came full circle back to Mazda! I just picked up a '07 Mazda 6i, basic and black. It is the first car I've owned with automatic transmission - which isn't too horrible, but I miss the control. But boy does this car ride and handle. Its amazing. The best test? My brother owns a BMW and says my Mazda6 rides better! Glad I stuck with Mazda. Its just a great car.