Managing the Heat - 2009 Mazda 6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6: Managing the Heat

August 31, 2009

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With temperatures in the triple digits in some parts of the Los Angeles area this weekend, I had a chance to test the limits of the Mazda 6's AC. The system functioned just fine, and did a good job of cooling the cabin.

One thing that took some getting used to is the fact that the HVAC display screen is so, so far away from the HVAC controls. Since the HVAC control knobs don't bear any notches to let you know how far they've been turned, you have to check the display screen for the status of things -- and it's all the way at the top of the center stack. A setup like the one in the Hyundai Sonata, for example -- where the HVAC display screen is beneath the nav screen and directly above the HVAC controls -- would have worked better.

Which car's HVAC setup do you like best?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 16,144 miles

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