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Going 'zoom-zoom' comes with few if any compromises here; the Mazda6 is a very spacious, refined, and well-built.
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QUALITY | 9 out of 10

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The balance between handling and ride is impressive, and never beats up on passengers.
MSN Autos

we were a little surprised that the bolstering on the front seats wasn’t more aggressive, considering the sporty message conveyed by the exterior
Car and Driver

the back seats have enough room to be practical

The front seats are firm, but spine-friendly even after an extended drive.

The front seats have clearly been designed for ample American posteriors, so slimmer drivers should be prepared to slide around a bit in enthusiastic driving.

The 2011 Mazda6 is a roomy mid-size sedan, and even though this model's racier look might promise a little more sportiness, it doesn't give up anything in terms of seat comfort, trunk space, or ride quality.

In most respects, the Mazda6 is just as large as a Toyota Camry inside, with a backseat that now has plenty of space for adults and a trunk that's actually the largest in its class at 16.6 cubic feet. The rear seatbacks can also be folded forward to dramatically increase cargo space; however, there are no releases within easy reach of the trunk—you'll need to climb around. Front seats also are better than those elsewhere in this class, with some measure of thigh and side support to hold you in place in corners.

The interior appointments in the Mazda6 look much like those used elsewhere in the Mazda line, such as in the CX-9 and Mazda3, which is to say that they're very fashionable and stylish, with an upscale but not completely luxurious look. Top Grand Touring models are trimmed to look a more lavish, though. The standard cloth upholstery feels sturdy yet comfortable, while the available leather will help satisfy luxury cravings to a degree. The cabin is quiet, and much better hushed from road noise than the Mazda3—and much of its mid-size competition. One remaining complaint is that the electroluminescent gauges features in the more luxurious trims are actually a bit harder to rear in bright sunlight, where they can get bleached out.


Going 'zoom-zoom' comes with few if any compromises here; the Mazda6 is a very spacious, refined, and well-built.

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