The blue manual diesel wagon is gone, I didn’t care enough to strip it like the guy on the FP, partially since I had to drive an hour to turn it in.

Replacing it with a gas automatic crossover did make me feel sad but I wasn’t about to try and find a base model fwd just to get the 6 speed.

I know its not “really” awd, its 100% fwd until slip then witchcraft happens and it goes up to a 50/50 split. I got the awd and tc to kick in during the test drive in the rain so that was nice.

What can I say I’m a sucker for this dark blue color

I’m also contemplating personalized plates for the Mazda. VA is 7 characters if you don’t go super fancy with one of the 200+ specialty plates that only allows 6.

https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles/#plate_search.asp