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Reviewers note that the updated 2016 Mazda6 has tasteful styling, first-rate materials and excellent build quality for a family sedan. They say the redesigned infotainment system's volume knob is now easier to reach, but some still think it's too difficult to put destinations into the optional navigation system. According to critics, cabin noise is more of a problem in the Mazda6 than in competitors, and though the Mazda6's rear seats are roomy, small rear windows make them feel more confining than the rear seats in rival sedans.

  • "The Mazda6's already-impressive interior has been improved for 2016." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In general, the 6's interior design is clean and functional. Polished aluminum trim accents the cabin, while the Grand Touring's leather upholstery features contrasting stitching. Materials quality and fit and finish are among the best in the class." -- Edmunds
  • "Compared to like-priced cars in our fleet that week, the Mazda 6 seemed to be louder inside, demanding more volume from the audio system to overcome engine noise and road roar." -- Car and Driver
  • "Noise: Not much, which was Mazda's a goal in the freshening. But still we noticed what seemed like unusual amounts of tire nose on a variety of asphalt and concrete paving." -- USA Today

Seating

The 2016 Mazda6 seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery in the base Sport trim, leatherette in the Touring trim and leather in the Grand Touring trim. Power-adjustable, heated front seats with driver position memory are also available.

Test drivers write that the front seats in the Mazda6 offer good side support and long-distance comfort. They say the rear seats are spacious, even for taller passengers, though some note that the Mazda6's smaller rear windows make it feel less open inside than a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.

  • "With plentiful rear legroom, the Mazda 6's rear passengers will feel as if they've been given access to a first-class cabin rather than coach. There's also generous headroom, even for those taller than 6 feet, though the sedan's sloping rear roof line makes the rear windows smaller, resulting in a more claustrophobic feel than you'd get in an Accord or a Camry." -- Edmunds
  • "On paper, the rear seat's 38.7 inches of legroom looks good, but in reality, the overall space can feel tight. Up front, the sport seats are well-bolstered on the sides but less so in back." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Seats offer a fair amount of side support and kept us comfortable throughout our roughly three hours of drive time." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the base 2016 Mazda6 Sport with the manual transmission include push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port. Bluetooth is newly standard for 2016. Sport models with the automatic transmission get an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a center console-mounted control knob, a rearview camera, HD Radio, Pandora Internet radio compatibility and hands-free text messaging. Optional features and features available in higher trims include dual-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, proximity key (which allows you to access the car without removing the key from your pocket), an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, navigation, a moonroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

For 2016, the Mazda6 has a new infotainment system with a larger touch screen that's perched above the dashboard like a tablet. Reviewers appreciate that the stereo volume controls have been moved within easy reach of the driver, right next to the main infotainment control knob. However, some complain that it takes too much time to input destinations into the optional navigation system, noting that a lower-priced aftermarket system would be easier to use.

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  • "Last year's 5.8-inch touch-screen display has been replaced with a 7-inch model that rises from the center dash, and the rotary-dial master control in the center console now has an easy-to-reach volume control nearby." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… as part of the interior upgrades, Mazda included a navigation system that - for Test Drive, at least - worked poorly. A $200 aftermarket unit would work easier, better. The only way we could enter a destination, using either the voice command or by manually selecting letters and numbers, was to go through the progression: State, city, street, number, waiting between each for the system to absorb and digest." -- USA Today

Cargo

At 14.8 cubic feet, the 2016 Mazda6's trunk size is typical for the affordable midsize class. Some automotive journalists think the Mazda6's trunk is larger than its official measurements suggest, and they appreciate its practical shape.

  • "There's decent luggage space, as the efficiently shaped trunk offers 14.8 cubic feet of capacity." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk officially measures a modest 14.8 cubic feet, but it feels cavernous in daily use." -- The New York Times (2014)
Review Last Updated: 5/27/15

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