More Elegant Than I Remember - 2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring: More Elegant Than I Remember

July 13, 2009

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Several thousand miles have gone by since I last drove our long-term 2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring. As I adjusted the power driver seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel this afternoon, I realized I was happy to get back into the Mazda.

The cabin materials in this car are of respectable quality for this price ($30,340), and the overall effect of our 6's sand-colored seats, black carpeting/dash and red/blue lighting is a fairly upscale ambiance. I also find the driving position in this big sedan more natural and comfortable than just about any other moderately priced midsize sedan on the market.

So, when I pulled up to this Santa Monica, California, taco truck (west side of 11th, just north of Olympic), we decided not to eat our mariscos tostada inside the Mazda 6.

When I wandered across the street to take this photo, I finally found an angle of this sedan that I like -- the 2009 Mazda 6 looks great in profile. I still think its front and rear fascias are way overdone, though.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 15,350 miles


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