The Princess and the Bucket Seat - 2009 Mazda 6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6: The Princess and the Bucket Seat

October 05, 2009


Ever hear the story of the Princess and the Pea? Prince's mother hides a pea under a mattress, stacks many more mattresses on top, and still the Princess is sooooo delicate, she can feel the pea underneath, bruising her back while she's trying to get her royal beauty sleep?

Yeah, that's not me.

But that's exactly how I feel about our 2009 Mazda 6's seatbacks. I like the shape of the seat, lateral support, bolstering, even the quality of the leather, but for some reason, the feel of the three vertical seams in the seatback annoys me, no matter what I'm wearing.

No, I haven't tried driving with a parka on yet (this is Southern California, folks, I'm not planning on donning one anytime soon), but I'm not wearing a backless evening gown to work, either.

A couple of miles down the road in the Mazda 6, I start fantasizing about sheepskin seatcovers.

Does that make me a Princess, or just a big, ol' whiny baby?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 18,331 miles

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