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in 2009 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,519 - $12,390
Original MSRP: $18,550 - $28,260
MPG: 20 City / 29 Hwy
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2009 Mazda Mazda6 Interior

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With its redesign for 2009, Mazda aimed for a drastic improvement in the quality of the 6's passenger cabin. They won a mixed verdict from the press. The car can be very well-appointed, but the better-equipped trims are also very expensive. And a few off-notes, like hard plastics where competitors have nicer materials, still persist.

  • "The interior is artful and tidily crafted -- basically what we've come to expect from this inventive car company." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Typical of the majority of the Mazdas we've driven, the interior appears much more upscale than other cars in its class." -- Motor Trend
  • "Inside, the Mazda has gone upscale, offering better leather, plusher seating, more expensive-looking textured plastics and softer ambient lighting. The dashboard is nicely laid out with big buttons and intuitive controls." -- New York Times
  • "Materials quality is hit-or-miss, as the rich-feeling soft-touch material on the passenger side of the dashboard contrasts with cheap hard stuff on the driver side. The emergency brake also feels a bit chintzy for this price point." -- Edmunds

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Seating

The seats of the 2009 Mazda6 are supposed to resemble the supportive sport seats of performance cars. Some reviewers say they're a highlight of the car, while others find them less-than-comfortable. Shoppers should probably take the 6 on a long test drive before deciding whether the seats work for their body type.

  • "The generously proportioned seats are quite comfortable, however, with ample leg- and headroom all around. On the downside, power-adjustable lumbar support is unavailable, and the optional manually adjustable driver-side lumbar support operates via a labor-intensive knob." -- Edmunds
  • "There's certainly ample room inside, even for this 6-ft.-5, long-torso reviewer to sit in the back so long as he scrunches down a tiny bit to avoid contact with the headliner (the headroom is slightly compromised by the fast roofline). Luckily, there's enough knee room to allow that." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The leather seats in the high-end V-6 test car felt comfortable at first but hard and lumpy after five freeway hours." -- USA Today
  • "The only aspect of our iSport model's interior that we'd change would be the seat upholstery. The black velour-like, almost zebra-patterned seats were not in keeping with the rest of the car's trim and gave us worries of premature wear. Plus, they're just plain hideous." -- Motor Trend
  • "Despite the big interior and generous space for knees and legs, headroom feels a bit tight, particularly in the backseat." -- Detroit Free Press

Interior Features

The 2009 Mazda6 can be equipped to rival an entry-level luxury car -- for a price. Most of its tech equipment seems to work well, and ergonomics are thoughtful. But reviewers are continually jarred by the appearance of a few chintzy materials in an otherwise upscale space.

  • "A combination of satin finish and chrome trim pieces provides appealing accents. An unfortunate black plastic trim that's shot through with light streaks is the only false note." -- Detroit Free Press
  • "All the gauges and controls are logically placed and easy to read. Large, stylized gauges behind the steering wheel blend form and function well." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If you hopped into a Mazda6 with a mainstream frame of reference, it'd feel satisfying -- a big improvement over the predecessor and a snazzy, sporty alternative to Altima/Accord/Camry." -- USA Today
  • "The 2009 Mazda 6's control layout is generally intuitive, with all major knobs and buttons clearly labeled and easily manipulated." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2009 Mazda6 offers a cavernous 16.6-cubic-foot trunk -- something you'd expect inside a much larger car.

  • "A wide-mouthed trunk eases package loading and non-intrusive, strut-type hinges free up cargo space." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Marginal storage. Nothing but a small bin ahead of the cup holders. Things too necessary to stow in the covered console have to go into the beverage bins, so you have to find someplace else for your latte." -- USA Today
  • "The 16.6-cubic-foot trunk sets a new standard for family sedans. Moreover, it's enhanced by upscale strut supports that don't impinge on the cargo area, and the 60/40-split-folding rear seats add to the 6's impressive hauling capabilities." -- Edmunds

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