2009 Mazda MAZDA6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6: Four Adults? No Problem

November 27, 2009


Yesterday, four of us, all adults, got into the 2009 Mazda 6 for a 20-minute drive to Thanksgiving dinner. I sat in my preferred driving position (no moving the seat up for people in back) and still there was legroom to spare. It's no wonder, really, now that the (North American-market) Mazda 6 has a nearly 110-inch wheelbase.

Had I been in the first-generation Mazda 6 (2003-2008) that I liked to drive so much, we wouldn't have been nearly as comfortable; its wheelbase was just over 105 inches.

And although I don't find our Mazda 6 especially interesting to drive, I always find satisfaction in its fairly crisp throttle response and solid brake pedal feel -- within the standards used to judge four-cylinder, midsize sedans, mind you.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 20,744 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Mazda Mazda6 in NJ is:

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