After 6 days and 400 miles, here's my initial report on my Maz6 Touring, dark blue/parchment (tan).
Considering this car is a 2.5 vs. 2.0 liter, 184 HP @5700 vs. 164 HP @6200, 185 lb-ft @3250 vs. 151 lb-ft @ 4000, claimed curb weight of 3305 vs. 2817, 6A vs. 6A, its power is relatively effortless, it's certainly quicker, and my first tank of beating around town and highway was 32.5 MPG which is better than the best in my Soul which was 32.2. Interestingly, 32.2 is also the best tank in my '13 Soul 1.6 as well as my '11 200 V6.
GOOD MOVE this trade. Car is much smoother, more relaxed, quieter, and it's nice to be able to get well into the 200s in a tank of fuel without seeing the 1/2 level. I really appreciate range.
In the Soul I used lots of heavy throttle. Maz6, not so much. The trannie is also less intrusive. I can still occasionally feel the downshift, subtly, but it was nothing like the Soul's downshifts. Which I have yet to figure out WHY.
I've read all sorts of ghastly reports regarding the stock 225.45.19 Dunlop SP5000s. I don't find them loud, harsh, squirmy, or otherwise unpleasant in any way. They don't break loose as easily as the Soul would break loose the P7s or the WS80s either, for that matter. I didn't notice any untoward behavior during a foray in today's downpours which have officially christened the car who I've tentatively named Hambone.
The factory nav is definitely not worth the 400 bucks. Give me a Garmin Nuvi.
The car is packed together so tight I haven't found any panel gaps to run RD or dashcam wires under. Most other cars have had enough gaps to make that so simple even a Neanderthal could do it. So I'm deferring to the guy at Best Buy to figure out how to plug Valentine1 in. All of a sudden I ran into three or four radar traps in the last week, after going months seeing nobody out doing any speed trap stuff. Even a guy, statie I guess, out on 475 on foot shooting his little lidar at us innocent victims. Whatever.
I recently saw some whippersnapper at MT, IIRC, reviewing some car, I forget what. He was discombobulated by the "glide" of the car because it did not shift down as speed decreased. He was puzzled and near-disoriented.
Hey, trannies cost more than brakes, dood! That's all I know about it.
I'm still figuring out the little computer device. I don't know what other makers else uses the skinny little stick just like old cars used to have universally, to reset the trip meter but this car has one sticking out of the upper right side of the instruments. In the Good Old Days they were little knobs at the base of the speedo/tach pod. I never saw it and had to look in the book to discover it existed.
One little touch missing. The Soul had a little holder in the gas door to hold the cap. I don't see one here. Small touch, but it keeps the cap from eventually scratching the paint where it drops by the side of the car.
I like the auto-dimming outside L mirror. I really like the swiveling headlights. Cool. I don't like the plain, Germanic dashboard with instruments that are, well, plain and Germanic.
More power. More comfort. More quiet. More efficiency. More payments. Me like.