The IT Nerd Award For The Best Car Under $40K Goes To: Mazda6 GT

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I really had to think about this one as I had two cars that were under $40K that really impressed me this year. The first was the Chrysler 200s which really shows how the Detroit company has evolved since their alliance with Fiat. The second is the Mazda6 GT which surprised me in a number of areas from performance to fuel economy. I could have gone either way on this one, but in the end the Mazda6 GT gets the win because Mazda managed to do what I thought was impossible. Which is to create a mid-sized car that has surprising amounts of power from its four cylinder engine, exceptional handling equal to a car several classes above it, beyond excellent fuel economy thanks to its SkyActiv technology along with i-Eloop being tossed into the mix on the GT trim level, a full suite of technology including Smart City Brake Support and Adaptive Front Lighting System and High Beam Control, while keeping the price within the reach of most of the car buying public. Now to be fair, the Chrysler 200s almost pulled this one out by having all wheel drive and a V6 that put out almost 300 horsepower which is sets it apart in this class. But the exceptional handling of the Mazda6 along with the fact that it was around $35K CDN fully loaded got it over the line first. Either car deserves a place on your shopping list, but the Mazda6 GT gets my award for best car under $40K.

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One Response to “The IT Nerd Award For The Best Car Under $40K Goes To: Mazda6 GT”

  1. […] For all those reasons do not be surprised if you start to see many more Mazda6’s on the roads than you are used to seeing in the not so distant future. Also, don’t be surprised if this vehicle ends up being an IT Nerd Award winner at the end of the year as it is a strong contender for that award. Again. […]

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