Setting the Mood - 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: Setting the Mood

April 15, 2009

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A couple weeks ago James wrote about how the seating position in our long-term 2009 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring is tall-guy friendly. Now I'm not exceptionally tall, but after spending another evening with our big red sedan, I think this is a very driver-friendly seating position in general. Specifically, sitting down into the car puts you in the mood to drive, not just commute.

The seats themselves are nothing special: The leather upholstery is only average-quality and Mazda hasn't taken any risks with lateral bolstering (the better to accommodate humans of larger frame). But there's a good range of seat-height adjustment, so I can jack up the seat to see well over the sedan's rising beltline and long nose. It's a great view -- as good as anything in the midsize sedan class. Yet, I still feel like I'm nestled in a real cockpit, rather than sitting on a barstool in some crossover SUV.

Then, there's the steering wheel. It's maybe a tenth of a size smaller than the wheels you usually see in this class and it's a typical, Mazda three-spoke design. It feels good to hold, and as I back out of my parking spot, put the transmission in D and turn the corner in the parking garage, I notice something else: genuine steering feel. This will be a good drive.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 8,813 miles

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By the way, after putting together this entry, I realized we haven't taken many exterior shots of our 6 lately. And we've been talking a lot about its glitchy nav system. The Mazda will be going on a road trip this weekend, so you can look forward to more pics and more driving commentary.


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