in 2011 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,042 - $16,657
Original MSRP: $19,990 - $29,320
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2011 Mazda Mazda6 Interior

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With some revised interior materials and a new steering wheel, the 2011 Mazda6 makes some strides in bettering its interior. Still, it trails behind class leaders.

Yet, reviewers aren’t too concerned with the Mazda6’s interior quality as most agree the interior is, for the most part, well-made. They especially appreciate the roomy cabin accommodations.

  • "Airy interior with lots of room." – Car and Driver
  • "Typical of the majority of the Mazdas we've driven, the interior appears much more upscale than other cars in its class." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 2011 Mazda 6 features an interior that is attractive and modern in design." – Edmunds


The seats of the 2011 Mazda6 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 receives consistent criticism.

  • "Anyone can appreciate this car's spacious interior and large trunk." -- Edmunds
  • "There is room for three in the back, but the center seat should be reserved for smaller passengers." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2011 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.

  • "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
  • "Points are also deducted for the underperforming standard audio system, and even the upgraded Bose system could disappoint some listeners." -- Edmunds


The 2011 Mazda6 offers a cavernous 16.6-cubic-foot trunk -- one of the largest in its class. Inside, however reviewers complain of little cargo space. 

  • "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
  • "On the plus side, the Mazda 6's 16.6-cubic-foot trunk is one of the biggest in its class, while the trunk's unobtrusive hinge mechanisms and the 60/40 split-folding rear seats further enhance cargo-hauling capabilities." -- Edmunds

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