The Mazda 6 was a new midsize sedan for the company that reinvented the image. Before the 6 hit the market, there were millennia, and it was not a popular car. The first generation of the Mazda 6 offered spirited driving and performance. The Mazda 6 was notorious for timing chain failures and transmission problems (via Readers Digest).
The driving experience was pleasurable when the car was running. But when it had to be repaired, it was expensive. There were better options for the price, that included the Mazda 3. The Mazda 6 continued to be a sales success, but don’t let it fool you.