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MSRP: $21,190 - $29,895
Invoice: $20,235 - $28,235
MPG: 25 City / 37 Hwy
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Mazda Mazda6 Interior

Automotive journalists write that the 2015 Mazda Mazda6 has top-notch interior materials and build quality. Most like the Mazda6’s simple interior design, though a few think it is too minimalist. Reviewers note that the Mazda6’s seats are supportive and comfortable during long trips, and they add that the rear seats are among the most spacious in the class. Test drivers say most of the Mazda6’s interior controls are user-friendly, though they think the optional touch-screen navigation system has a small screen and is slow to respond to user inputs.

  • "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
  • "We think the interior of the Mazda6 is among the most upscale in the segment." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Clean, neat black trim and coherent illumination provided a sense of quality typically not associated with vehicles at this price." -- Motor Trend (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 Mazda6 seats five and comes with cloth upholstery on the base Sport trim, leatherette upholstery on the mid-level Touring trim and leather upholstery on the top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim. Heated, power-adjustable front seats are also available. Reviewers say the Mazda6’s seats provide good lateral support and are comfortable on long trips. They add that the Mazda6’s back seat is one of the most spacious in the class and provides plenty of head- and legroom for taller passengers.

  • "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
  • "Rear legroom is among the most generous in the midsize segment thanks in part to the car's 111.4-inch wheelbase." -- 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 2015 Mazda6 with the manual transmission include a six-speaker audio system, auxiliary and USB inputs and push-button start. Base models with the automatic transmission also comes standard with a 5.8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, HD Radio, voice-activated audio controls, hands-free text messaging capability and Pandora Internet radio connectivity. Available features include a moonroof, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, advanced keyless entry, an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward obstruction warning, rear cross traffic alert and 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.

Test drivers say that most of the controls in the Mazda6 are straightforward and easy to use. However, they also complain that the available navigation system has confusing menus and reacts slowly to user inputs. Some also note that the navigation system has poorly labeled maps and a small screen that is difficult to read.

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  • "An exception to the impressive tech is the TomTom-based navigation system, which we found clunky and difficult to use. In addition to several counterintuitive menus, its biggest flaw was a lag between touch and feedback." -- AutoTrader
  • "Most controls are simple and user-friendly, but the touchscreen interface found in most models is a step behind the systems in most competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Mazda6 has 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on par for the class. Reviewers are pleased with the shape of the trunk, and say it appears larger than it is.

  • "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: 6/11/14

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