in 2012 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,923 - $17,962
Original MSRP: $20,480 - $29,810
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2012 Mazda Mazda6 Interior

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One of the Mazda6’s best features is its roomy, comfortable cabin. Reviewers are impressed that tall adults can fit with no problem in the back seat and they are pleased with the base cloth seating material and optional leather seats. Automotive journalists also give high marks to the Mazda6’s trunk, which they say is huge and easy to load.

On the downside, the 2012 Mazda6 doesn’t come standard with Bluetooth and satellite radio, which are standard on some competitors. Overall, reviewers like that the Mazda6 can be equipped with high-tech options, but they note that some features, like the audio systems, aren’t up to class standards.

  • "Inside is a nice cabin with lots of convenience features. There's plenty of room for four adults, and it seats five. And despite the swoopy looks, its has a big trunk." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The aesthetic within the 2012 Mazda 6's cabin is thoroughly modern, with lots of curves and sweeping lines, and the car's red electroluminescent gauges are a handsome addition. The center stack forms a graceful arch; it looks great, but some of its controls are less intuitive than those seen in competing models." -- Edmunds
  • "A large trunk and a roomy interior make this a reasonable choice for drivers with large families." -- Automobile.com
  • "Airy interior with lots of room." -- Car and Driver


The seats in the 2012 Mazda6 are roomy and comfortable. Automotive journalists say the Mazda6’s base cloth seats are at the front of the pack, and its optional perforated leather seats are high-quality and good-looking. Additionally, reviewers comment that even the back seat offers plenty of adult-friendly space. Their only complaint is that they think the rear middle seating position is best for smaller passengers, which isn’t uncommon among midsize sedans. Heated and leather front seats are standard on Grand Touring trim levels.

  • "There's ample headroom and legroom all around, and the backseats are especially spacious, comfortably accommodating even the most long-limbed passengers. If you've got a narrow build, though, you might find the wide front seats lacking in lateral support." -- Edmunds
  • "Occupants will find more legroom than in some like-sized rivals. Wide-opening doors aid ingress and egress. There is room for three in the back, but the center position should be reserved for smaller passengers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Mazda has long been a leader in cloth upholstery. Our Mazda 6i Grand Touring had perforated black leather and was beautiful." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

The 2012 Mazda6 can be equipped to rival an upscale midsize car, but it can get pricey once some features are added, like navigation, Bluetooth and a backup camera. But even fully-loaded, it’s still cheaper than most upscale midsize cars. The Mazda6 comes standard with an auxiliary audio input jack and tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

Reviewers like the look and layout of the interior instrument panel, and are pleased by the use of more upscale interior materials. Some test drivers note that the base audio system, and even the optional Bose system, aren’t as good as those found in other affordable midsize cars.

  • "The optional navigation system has a large screen and is fairly easy to use, but absorbs nearly all audio functions, complicating some simple adjustments. Controls on the right side of the navigation screen are too remote for easy access." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Even at its entry point, the Mazda6 communicates thoughtful design and an upscale choice in materials; for Touring leather is modestly introduced (steering wheel cover), while in Grand Touring upholstery is leather in either black or beige." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Our biggest complaint is the beep that accompanies every volume adjustment made by the steering wheel toggle." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "It's also worth noting that the sound system's performance trails that of others in this class; even the upgraded Bose system could disappoint some listeners." -- Edmunds


The Mazda6 offers a 16.6-cubic-foot trunk, which is one of the largest in the affordable midsize car class. 

  • "Notably, the rear seat is split 60/40, and can swallow large cargo when folded." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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
  • "Cargo space is one of the strong suits of the Mazda6. With 16.6 cubic feet of volume, the Mazda6 is at or near the top of the class in cargo space. It also boasts a low liftover height: One needs to lift cargo only to the top of the bumper and slide it in, the car's sweeping roofline making the vertical opening much larger than the depth aspect. There are no hinges or trunk arms within the opening nor cargo shelf impediments, and the rear seatbacks can be released from the trunk." -- New Car Test Drive

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