Weekend at the Track Part II - 2009 Mazda 6 Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Mazda 6: Weekend at the Track Part II

July 06, 2009

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After 900 miles -- the round-trip mileage to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (sheesh, I just said it again) -- I've become intimate with the 6's seats, which left both the wife and I with some serious road ass.

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The 6's harder-than-average seats are good for short trips as they keep me from sinking in too much and offer reasonable lateral support. They're also highly adjustable. But after 900 miles their firmness was just too much for my relatively unpadded underside. Maybe it's just me.

Here's something that isn't me, though. In an effort to eliminate hot spots and find the optimal seating postion, I was fiddling with this lumbar knob when I heard a pop from the back of the seat. And then, as you might imagine, the knob became purely decorative, offering as much control over lumbar support as the volume knob on the dashboard.

What's more, the red stripe on the nav screen is still there -- three months after we made the initial dealer visit to resolve this issue. Mazda of Orange refuses to return our calls despite telling us last month that the screen was on back order. We'll try another dealer after one more phone call.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor


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