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2018 Mazda Mazda6 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.9

The updated 2018 Mazda6 features a great-looking cabin that uses premium materials, leading to an upscale feel you might not expect from a nonluxury sedan. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, but the rear seats receive mixed reviews and can be tough to get into for some. Some competitors also have more trunk room. The tech list is headlined by an infotainment system that's generally simple to use but not on the level of some competitors' systems.

  • "Overall, it's still one of the best interiors in the class, with clean design, impressive materials and an upscale décor." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats have also been redesigned for better comfort and higher-quality materials give this sedan a luxury-like vibe." -- Edmunds

Seating

The Mazda6 seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leatherette or leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive, creating a pleasant driving environment. The rear seats don't feel as spacious as the front, though they provide plenty of headroom for most adults; some will wish for more foot space. Rear legroom receives mixed reviews from critics, with some finding it plentiful and others finding it lacking. It's easy to climb in and out of the front seats, but the swooping roofline forces you to duck a bit to climb in the back.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The system has not yet been evaluated for ease of use by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

  • "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
  • "… supportive front seats add to the driving pleasure." -- Consumer Reports
  • "On paper, the rear seat's 38.7 inches of legroom looks good, but in reality, the overall space can feel tight." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Standard features in the Mazda6 include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and the MazdaConnect infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Mazda's Smart City Brake Support, which helps prevent rear-end collisions.

Available features include a moonroof, two additional USB ports, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, and navigation. Available driver assistance features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, advanced Smart City Brake Support, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view camera, rear parking sensors, and adaptive headlights.

The infotainment system gets a larger standard touch screen as part of the 2018 refresh. Calling it a touch screen may be a bit misleading, however, as it only has touch-screen functionality when the car is parked. While in motion, you have to use the rotary dial controller. The screen is easy to see, and while the menu layouts aren't overly confusing, you still have to navigate through several steps to adjust some settings. Unlike many competitors, this Mazda doesn't offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

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  • "Mazda's corporate infotainment system requires some study, often needing several steps to conjure up simple functions." -- Consumer Reports
  • "… a larger 8-inch infotainment screen is now standard. The system's rotary-dial controller is retained. It works well enough, but a touch screen would be preferable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "One of our favorite features in the Mazda 6 is the Mazda Connect infotainment system. It features a central dial controller and large tablet-like display similar to many luxury-branded vehicles. Operation is easy thanks to legible and intuitive menus, all of which help to keep the driver's attention on the road. The display also functions as a touchscreen, but only when the car is stationary." -- Edmunds (2017)

Cargo

The Mazda6 has a 14.8-cubic-foot trunk, which is about average for a midsize sedan. The trunk features a wide opening that makes it easy to load, but total capacity is low relative to class leaders by a couple cubic feet. The rear seats fold down, giving you the flexibility to haul some larger items if necessary.

  • "Its 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space is also small for the class, but 60/40-split fold-down rear seats are standard." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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)
  • "The trunk officially measures a modest 14.8 cubic feet, but it feels cavernous in daily use." -- The New York Times (2014)
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