The Mazdaspeed6 is not a used car that is in high supply – just a little over 10,000 examples were built in the sedan’s short two-year run. But if you’re willing to overlook high mileage and maybe a few light modifications, the Mazdaspeed6 could be the performance bargain you’ve been looking to snag for around $5,000.
The speedy sedan was built on the bones of the first-gen Mazda6, and used a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four engine to deliver 274 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque in the U.S. (European versions were slightly less powerful). All that extra power came paired to a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
It was better looking, too. A sculpted new front fascia, a slightly taller hood, and new wheels help separate the otherwise staid-looking sedan from its non-turbocharged counterpart. Production only lasted two years before the entire platform was killed in 2007, but not before the 6 racked up a number of accolades for its sporty credentials and fun-to-drive-ability.
— Jeff Perez