Kid Duty - 2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring: Kid Duty

March 09, 2009

Recaro baby seat in 2009 mazda 6

Threw the Recaro Como kid seat into the back of the Mazda 6 this weekend. Overall the process was fine, though the give in the seat cushion and the texture of the leather made it a little tricky to get a tight cinch the first time. There was a plenty of leg room for my 3-year-old once she was in the seat, even with the front passenger seat adjusted for someone my height (5'7") to be comfortable.

I was particularly grateful that the designers of the 6's two-tone interior wrapped the backs of the front seats in black instead of light leather. When tiny feet do reach the seatbacks and leave their marks, at least it's not a jarring dark smudge on a light background.

And with the child safety seat in an outboard position, I was still able to fit in the center seating position (though I'm dangerously thin) if I put my shoulder behind the wing-like side of the Como. Not great for a road trip, but it would work if you were staying local.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, @ 7,217 miles

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