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in 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,878 - $14,382
Original MSRP: $18,600 - $28,540
MPG: 20 City / 29 Hwy
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2010 Mazda Mazda6 Interior

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The interior of the 2010 Mazda6 wins a mixed verdict from the press. Less-expensive trims look and feal a bit cheap, according to some reviewers. Buyers who don't want to pay a fortune but aren't willing to compromise on interior quality might be better suited by a Ford Fusion or Nissan Altima, both of which have significantly improved their interior materials for 2010 without a major boost in price.

The Mazda6, however, 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, persist even on top-of-the-line models.

  • "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 2010 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 Mazda6 on a long test drive before deciding whether the seats work for their body type.

The available leather upholstery earns high marks, but the cloth upholstery found on iSport and iTouring models recieves consistent criticism. A strange animal stripe pattern in the center of the seats looks out of place in the car. When combined with hard, shiny black plastic trim on the center console of our tester, it gave the car a budget feel that didn't match the way it drove...or the price.

  • "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 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
  • "There is room for three in the back, but the center seat should be reserved for smaller passengers." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2010 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. If you'd just been in something truly premium, say an Acura or Infiniti, then the Mazda6 would be a step down." -- USA Today
  • "The Mazda 6's control layout is generally intuitive, with all major knobs and buttons clearly labeled and easily manipulated. It's attractive, too, with red backlighting for the gauges and a sleek center stack sweeping forward toward the windshield, although the odd black-and-silver patterned plastic trim in Touring models and above won't strike everyone's fancy." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2010 Mazda6 offers a cavernous 16.6 cubic-foot trunk -- one of the largest in the affordable midsize class. Inside, however reviewers complain of little cargo space. Familiest might find the cabin of the Ford Fusion or Chevrolet Malibu more accomodating.

  • "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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