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MSRP: $20,990 - $29,695
Invoice: $20,035 - $28,038
MPG: 26 City / 38 Hwy
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2014 Mazda Mazda6 Interior

Most auto critics think the 2014 Mazda6 has a high-quality, stylish cabin. A couple reviewers think the simple design is a downside, though. They’re all on the same page when it comes to the car’s roominess, agreeing that the Mazda6 offers plenty of space, as well as comfortable seats. Though critics say most of the Mazda6’s controls are easy to use, the available navigation system is disliked because of its small screen and confusing interface.

  • "Clean, neat black trim and coherent illumination provided a sense of quality typically not associated with vehicles at this price." -- Motor Trend
  • "We think the interior of the Mazda6 is among the most upscale in the segment. The dash sweeps gracefully from driver's to passenger's side, but while the passenger side offers only a large expanse of soft-touch materials, the driver is presented with a dense cluster of highly legible instruments, gauges and knobs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "One word about the interior: Sparse. The inside is definitely the place where the cost savings are most evident." -- Bloomberg
  • "The small lip added to the top of the dashboard face is a particularly simple, but effective touch. Overall, it's a surprisingly elegant effort that perfectly fits Mazda's sporty stereotype, especially in top-level trims with red contrast stitching on the upholstery." -- Fox News
  • "Worse, the design pizazz of the exterior is missing inside. I'm all for minimal cabins, but the Mazda seems as featureless as the nighttime prairie, and some wobbly-feeling switches don't help. In comparison, a Chevy Malibu is a paragon of texture and daring." -- The New York Times

Seating

The five-seat Mazda6 has cloth seats on the base model, leatherette on the mid-level trim and leather-trimmed seats on the highest trim. Heated front seats are only available on the highest Grand Touring trim. Power-adjustable seats are also available on higher trims.

Critics agree that the 2014 Mazda6 has a very spacious cabin and comfortable seats. One reviewer thinks the seating materials are nicer than what was available in older Mazda6’s. Another test driver notes that forward visibility is very good.

  • "Seats offer a fair amount of side support and kept us comfortable throughout our roughly three hours of drive time." -- AutoWeek
  • "Don't get me wrong: the 6 puts its driver in perfect alignment with the steering wheel and controls. The seats and forward visibility are excellent." -- The New York Times
  • "The backseat ranks among the more spacious ones in the segment, with room to spare for taller passengers like me (I'm 6 feet 1 inch); the seat cushion is high enough to provide some welcome thigh support." -- Cars.com
  • "The seats in the tested Grand Touring 6 are wrapped in noticeably softer, more supple leather than Mazda used in the past, and even in the base model, the fabric seats feel richer than they ought to, and fit better, too, thanks to a standard manual lumbar adjuster." -- BBC
  • "There's plenty of legroom front and rear with supportive, sport-bolstered front bucket seats and the 60/40-split fold-down rear seats." -- New York Daily News

Interior Features

The base 2014 Mazda6 with the manual transmission comes standard with push-button start, a six-speaker audio system and auxiliary and USB inputs. Base models with the automatic transmission add standard Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a 5.8-inch touch-screen display, HD Radio, Pandora Internet radio connectivity, voice-controlled audio controls and hands-free text messaging capability. The Mazda6 can be equipped with features like rain-sensing windshield wipers, a moonroof, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, advanced keyless entry, an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, navigation, a blind spot monitoring system, Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system, which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds if the system detects that the car is about to hit another car or pedestrian, a lane departure warning system, forward obstruction warning and a rear cross traffic alert system.

The majority of reviewers say the Mazda6’s center stack has an intuitive design, with controls that are easy to find and use. One test driver also likes the console-mounted control knob, which he says makes it easier to navigate through the infotainment system. The available navigation system receives mostly negative comments, with critics saying the screen is too small, and that the system doesn’t have streets properly labeled. They note that the navigation systems in rival cars are better.

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  • "The control layout is simple, and it's easy to understand the controls within a matter of minutes, which is far from a certainty today with the introduction of ‘advanced’ technologies like Ford's MyFord Touch interface." -- Cars.com
  • "But compared with, say, the lavish Honda Accord or Hyundai Sonata, the 6 feels as if it's playing catch-up inside. That begins with the amateurish TomTom navigation system and its scrawny, inscrutable 5.8-inch screen. The optional system is mediocre enough if you've programmed a destination; when you haven't, it's the bane of lost travelers, often failing to label streets, cities and even freeways." -- The New York Times
  • "The optional navigation system is supplied by Tom Tom and runs on a 5.8 inch touch screen. It works properly, but the unit itself doesn't look well integrated. And it's a touch screen with redundant button controls on the outside of it, as well as an iDrive-style controller on the dash. It's too many controls. If they got rid of the buttons around the unit, the screen could grow in size and it would look like it belonged in the car and not an afterthought." -- Jalopnik
  • "Heating and ventilation controls are simple and easy to use, with knobs controlling temperature in each zone. The unembellished center stack favors function over flash." -- Edmunds
  • "In addition to the touch screen and voice command for many functions, the Mazda6 driver can make use of a control knob on the center console to make onscreen selections by twisting and pressing. This knob is surrounded by shortcut keys for its four major infotainment functions (audio, phone, navigation, and setup) along with a pair of back buttons. This is the first time that I've seen a physical controller with this generation of Mazda infotainment. I like the fact that Mazda gives its drivers so many options for interacting with the tech." -- CNET

Cargo

The 2014 Mazda6 has 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space. Although this is on par for the class, some midsize cars have bigger trunks. The Hyundai Sonata has 16.4 cubic feet of room, and the Ford Fusion has 16 cubic feet. Critics say that although the Mazda6’s trunk isn’t huge, it seems bigger than it is.

  • "The trunk officially measures a modest 14.8 cubic feet, but it feels cavernous in daily use." -- The New York Times
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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