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2020 Mazda Mazda6 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.0

The 2020 Mazda6 has an upscale cabin full of premium materials, as well as comfortable seats. This Mazda's trunk is a bit small for the class, and its infotainment system gets mixed reviews for ease of use.

  • "If you weren't given the context that the 6's interior is from, well, the Mazda 6, you'd be forgiven for thinking it belonged in a much pricier car. The quality of the materials impresses, as does the upscale, mature design and restrained detailing. Aside from a few minor annoyances with the way some of the interior controls work, the cabin is first-rate and best in class." -- Car and Driver
  • "Despite younger rivals, the 2019 Mazda6 still has one of the best interiors in its class, with clean design, impressive materials and upscale décor." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "The seats have also been redesigned for better comfort and higher-quality materials give this sedan a luxury-like vibe." -- Edmunds (2018)

Seating

The five-seat Mazda6 has comfortable front and rear accommodations. Space is pretty good in both rows, but some folks may wish for more rear-seat leg- and foot room.

Cloth seats come standard. Synthetic leather and genuine leather are available. Other upgrades include power-adjustable front seats with heating and ventilation, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

For securing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the second row, as well as a tether anchor for the middle seat.

  • The front seats are accommodating and comfortable, while the rears are also well-cushioned. Rear legroom of 38.7 inches seems good in theory, but in reality it can feel a tad tight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "One thing that made me very aware I was in a Mazda and not a Mercedes was the road noise. Mazdas have always seemed to let in a little too much ringing from the pavement into the passenger compartment. In a Miata, it’s cute—heck, it’s part of the car’s charm. … But the Mazda 6 is a car reaching for that luxurious label. While the looks are definitely there, and the actual ride of the car is smooth, you’d expect a quieter cruising experience." -- Jalopnik (2019)
  • "Front headroom is fantastic, especially considering the car's sporty shape. The center console has padding for the driver's right knee. Rear knee- and legroom are good, though foot space is a bit cramped. Headroom will be tight only for really tall folks." -- Edmunds (2018)

Interior Features

The Mazda6 comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Though Mazda calls the 8-inch display a touch screen, it only works as one while the car is stationary. Most functions are controlled via a central knob. Some critics found the setup to be straightforward and others found it tedious.

Upgrades include navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, two more USB ports, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, and a moonroof.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. Front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, and a head-up display are available.

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  • Operated primarily by an upscale-feeling control knob on the center console similar to those used by BMW and Audi, Mazda's infotainment system has the tactility and visual punch to impress. The dashtop display doubles as a touchscreen, albeit one that only works when the car is stationary. As satisfying and easy as that knob is to use, the menus it commands aren't as intuitive as they could be." -- Car and Driver
  • "The easy-to-read instrument cluster and fantastic heads-up display projected on the windshield in front of the driver is a huge improvement over the X-Wing-style flip up display in older Mazdas." -- Jalopnik (2019)
  • "Mazda's corporate infotainment system requires some study, often needing several steps to conjure up simple functions." -- Consumer Reports (2017)

Cargo

The Mazda6 has a 14.7-cubic-foot trunk, which is a hair below average in the midsize car class. The rear seats fold to allow for more room, and the wide trunk opening helps when loading cargo. Note that in order to fold the rear seats, you have to first go to the trunk and pull the release handle, and then walk back to the rear doors and push the seats down.

  • "Surprisingly for a sedan with so sexy a shape, the Mazda 6 is no less practical than other mid-size offerings. The six carry-on bags we fit in the trunk and the 17 we fit with the rear seats folded put the Mazda at the head of the class." -- Car and Driver
  • … 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space is not so impressive, but at least the rear seats split and fold in time-honored 60/40 fashion." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • Storage for your personal items is adequate but not generous, with moderately sized bins and pockets. The same holds true for cargo space, with a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk that is slightly smaller than average for the class. Fortunately, the trunk opening is wide, and remote seatback release levers further simplify loading bulkier objects." -- Edmunds (2017)
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