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2007 Mazda Mazda6 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Mazda Mazda6 was new.


The Detroit Free Press says the Mazda6's interior "offers an attractively simple, driver-centric environment," and most reviewers agree. In fact, the interior might be too driver-centric. The Detroit News echoes the comments of some reviewers when it says that there's "just not enough rear-seat room to make this the perfect family vehicle."

While it technically seats five, explains the Los Angeles Times, "the Mazda 6 is big enough for four adults or a pair of grown-ups with three smaller folks squeezed into the back seat." As for the quality of materials, "there's a bit more hard plastic here than in a Honda Accord or a Subaru Legacy," reports Automobile Magazine, "but the trade-off is that there's also a bit more style."

Seating

Seating is found to be generally accommodating of four but tight for five. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says: "Interior room tends to be at a premium, particularly in the back seat. For comfort's sake, I probably wouldn't put more than two people back there, even though it's designed for three." Cars.com finds, "Front and rear headroom is adequate, but space is just passable in the center rear position." As for comfort, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel attests, "Seating is good, with moderate contouring on the lower cushion and good back cushion contouring that would help on longer drives."

Up front, the Detroit News likes the "very firm, yet comfortable and supportive sport bucket seats." Seated in the cockpit, the Chicago Sun-Times finds, "Front seats are very supportive and the aircraft-inspired gauges can be quickly read." And while the Chicago Tribune claims that the Mazda6 offers "good leg, head and arm room," Kelley Blue Book points out, "Front-seat headroom is about an inch less than in the Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat and almost two inches shy of that in the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima."

Likewise, in the rear, the Mazda6 doesn't quite measure up to others in its class. According to the Boston Globe, "Rear seating was tight, compared to what competitors offer in such vehicles as the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman points out, "Headroom in the back seat is limited," chalking it up as "part of the trade-off for the sleek lines of the roof." Consumer Guide finds that the rear cushions are "a bit soft" and "have subpar support," but claims that headroom is "adequate."

Interior Features

For what it lacks in space, the interior of the Mazda6 compensates with stylish and logical design. Edmunds finds that the interior "has a clean and contemporary design, with solid build quality and easy-to-operate controls." The Boston Globe concurs, saying the "utility of the inside controls is as simple and graceful as I've seen." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel finds that "the Mazda6's interior reflected its sporty feel."

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls the list of standard features "generous. Features include air conditioning, steering-wheel-mounted radio controls, power windows, cruise control, full power mirrors and door lock and tilt/telescoping steering wheel." And, as the Chicago Sun-Times points out, "The V-6 model adds more equipment," including climate control and a power driver seat. New Car Test Drive observes, "Cup holders are provided in the front and rear center consoles as well as in the door pockets." According to Car and Driver, "The large cup holders in the door panels drew huzzahs for their ability to hold big bottles and super-size pops." Consumer Guide calls the navigation system, which is separate from the audio and climate control systems, "easy to use."

Cargo

The Mazda6 sedan has 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk, and more when the split folding rear seats are folded down. While the trunk of the sedan, says the Chicago Sun-Times, "is big with a low opening," the folding rear seats "should fold flatter." On the bright side, "the trunk's strut towers don't cut into trunk space," reports the Detroit Free Press.

"There's a lever in the trunk that allows you to flip down the rear seats from back there," says the Los Angeles Times, calling it "a feature every car with fold-down rear seats ought to offer." The Boston Globe writes that in the passenger cabin "storage abounds: There's overhead sunglass storage, a dual-level center console with twin cup holders atop, expansive pockets in the front doors, and expandable pockets on the backs of the front seats."

Review Last Updated: 5/4/08

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