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2008 Mazda Mazda6 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Mazda Mazda6 was new.

Although the 2008 Mazda6's cabin "offers an attractively simple, driver-centric environment," as the Detroit Free Press says, it might be too much so. As the Detroit News says, there's "just not enough rear-seat room to make this the perfect family vehicle." The 6's interior gets an acceptable score and places near the bottom of the affordable midsize class.

While it technically seats five, the Los Angeles Times says the 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."

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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 reports, "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." The Chicago Sun-Times finds, "Front seats are very supportive and the aircraft-inspired gauges can be quickly read."

But the Mazda6's rear seating 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 6's interior compensates with stylish and logical design. Edmunds finds it "has a clean and contemporary design, with solid build quality and easy-to-operate controls." The Boston Globe says the "utility of the inside controls is as simple and graceful as I've seen." Lastly, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel finds "the Mazda6's interior reflected its sporty feel."

The base model 6 is generous with its standard features, including steering-wheel-mounted radio controls, power windows, cruise control, full power mirrors and door locks, as well as a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. But the Chicago Sun-Times notes, "The V-6 model adds more equipment," including climate control and a power driver seat. New Car Test Drive states, "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 offers 15.2 cubic feet of cargo space, but some note that the rear seats should fold flatter when carrying cargo. 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: 3/10/09

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