well, my uncle traded in his pathfinder and wanted to get something sporty/utility and he was deciding between a wrx wagon or mazda 6 wagon.
he ended up chosing the mazda. i said he should have gotten an XT forester, but whatever!
the 6 is quite nice. the interior and especially dash council is very nice looking, and the interior feel is great. he got it completely loaded with leather, moonroof, sport package, etc... for only $24k
he tried both out but said the refinement and quality of the mazda won him over. its a nice looking car, and handles quite well, but power is def. lacking. its the top of the line V6 220 hp engine. just not enough pull or grunt, but over all its a nice car with a VERY large cargo area in the rear. its bigger than the rex, and handles fairly equivelently, but isnt nearly as fast.. but then again, hes older.... so i dont think speed was his first choice.
not to mention he has a modded prelude if he wants to go fast
just thought i would share