A good article on the MPS6 but I was disappointed to see no reference to the handling abilities. There is no mention of the MPS6ís understeering characteristics and the abrupt change to oversteer when the torque split AWD system transfers 50% of the power to the rear wheels.
The MPS6ís awd system is an expensive way to deal with torque steer. Other than that it is a great car and a bargain for a family person who wants some fun in their driving experience.
I drove the DC HEMI 300, Magnum, and Charger and the MPS6 is far superior in all areas. The only positive attribute of the HEMI siblings is the fact they are RWD. But offering no MT is criminal in the enthusiast world.
When making comparisons to Subaruís AWD system the Mazda version falls way short. Both the WRX and Legacy GT are far more agile and predictable when pushed to the limits. The Legacy GT loses out in a few areas with the lack of a 6-speed, HIDís, sound system, driver controls, and stylingÖdepending on personal tastes.
The WRX may compete in pricing but that is it. The Legacy GT is the MPS6ís main competition and I suspect the MPS6 will win the sales battle as more people will not use handling and reliability as their main criteria. Everybody knows my opinion on this issue.
The Mazdaspeed 6 is built in Japan.