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2019 Mazda Mazda6 Interior Review


Interior: 8.0

Despite being a nonluxury sedan, the 2019 Mazda6 has a surprisingly upscale cabin full of high-end materials. Trunk space is about average, and though the front seats are comfortable, some critics found rear legroom to be tight.

  • "And just look how good this car looks rolling around a city. It’s not only the interior that wraps you in luxury. The sharper, sleeker styling notes over the previous design are just enough to knock this car into aspirational luxury territory." -- Jalopnik
  • "Despite younger rivals, the 2019 Mazda6 still has one of the best interiors in its 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 (2018)


This Mazda seats up to five people. Cloth seats are standard, while synthetic leather and genuine leather upholstery are options. Heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are also available.

The front row seats are spacious. Some critics would like more rear-seat foot- and legroom, though most praise headroom in both rows. A lot of wind and road noise permeate the cabin.

For securing child car seats, this vehicle has two sets of LATCH connections on the rear outboard seats and a third upper tether anchor for the rear middle seat. A lower anchor can be borrowed from each side.

  • 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
  • "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
  • "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 base Mazda6 features the Mazda Connect infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Pandora, HD Radio, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. You’ll also get blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, forward collision warning with brake support and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Available features include a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two more USB ports, satellite radio, an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, a moonroof, remote start, and proximity keyless entry. A few other safety aids are available too, such as front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, adaptive headlights, a surround-view parking camera, and a head-up display.

Some critics find the infotainment system easy to operate, while others think it requires too many steps to get to some functions. Although Mazda calls the 8-inch display a touch screen, it only works like one when the vehicle is parked. When driving, it can only be controlled by a rotary knob.

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  • "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
  • "Mazda's corporate infotainment system requires some study, often needing several steps to conjure up simple functions." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "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)


The Mazda6 has a 14.7-cubic-foot trunk, which is par for the course among midsize cars. The rear seats fold down, expanding the available space, and the trunk has a wide opening, which makes it easier to load cargo.

  • … 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
  • 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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