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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
The balance between handling and ride is impressive, and never beats up on passengers.
we were a little surprised that the bolstering on the front seats wasn’t more aggressive, considering the sporty message conveyed by the exterior
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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.
Even though its appearance is a little racier than that of most mid-size sedans, the 2012 Mazda6 won't let you down in any way with respect to seating comfort, cargo space, or ride quality.
Front seats are a little more supportive than most in this class—with good side bolstering—and the backseat is good enough for adults. The nice cloth and leather upholsteries are as good or better than those in rival models, although some might consider the look of the dash and door trims a little low-budget in some trims. The trunk of the Mazda6 is the largest in this class, at 16.6 cubic feet.
The rear seatback folds forward to a flat position, allowing more of a pass-through to the trunk than is typical, although the release itself can be a little hard to reach.
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.
Road noise is an issue in some of the smaller Mazda models, but the 6 is different; it's surprisingly refined and quiet inside.
There are few practical consequences to the Mazda6's racy styling and zoom-zoom driving feel; it's roomy, refined, and comfortable.