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What car should I buy now that my Mazda 6 doesn't suit my needs?

Asked by Eva

I love my Mazda 6 wagon for its space and to drive, but at 70 my arthritis is now making it difficult for me to exit my car, turn the ignition key on and open/close my rear door. I need a car/wagon/SUV that is a little higher than my Mazda 6, has push-button start and automatic tailgate-opening. It should also, preferably, have an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat as hubby is 180cm and I am 147cm! Plus, we need automatic, petrol and prefer a full-sized spare if possible. Any suggestions?

Answered by CarsGuide

15 Aug 2020 David Morley

If you’re happy with the Mazda 6 wagon – and it sounds like you are - then there’s a good case for sticking with the Mazda brand. And if that’s the case, the next thing to consider is which model and body style. Given your requirement for a car that is easier to get in and out of, I reckon a mid-sized SUV might make the most sense since it’s footprint will be similar to the Mazda 6 you have now, but it sits you higher and more upright. On that basis, the Mazda CX-5 seems the natural choice.

If you go for the petrol-engined Touring model, you’ll get all-wheel-drive for extra grip and safety as well as keyless entry and start where you can open the vehicle and start the engine without even taking the key from your pocket. Very convenient. If you can afford a little more, the GT model gets you the powered front seats you need and these even have a memory function that will automatically adjust them to either your or your husband’s preferred settings as a one-button job. Again, very convenient. The GT model also get a powered tailgate which was also on your must-have list. About the only thing missing is the full-sized spare wheel, and all Mazda CX-5s use a space-saver spare. But be honest, are you going to change a flat tyre yourself, or call roadside assistance? And when was the last time you experienced a flat tyre anyway?

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