December 14, 2009
It's been a rainy few days here in Southern California but the Christmas tree needed to be bought despite the wet weather. I had our shiny red Mazda 6 for the weekend so we headed over to our local OSH to pick out a nice tree. We usually get a 6-foot-tall Noble fir but this year I wanted to go a little higher without cutting it too close to the ceiling in my living room.
We picked out a lovely 7-ft Noble fir and the tree guy informed us that he couldn't tie it to the car but he could provide us with some twine. I had brought along a sound blanket to protect the Mazda and we carefully placed the tree on the roof. But once I had it on top of the car, it looked so small. So I dropped the rear seats in the Mazda 6. It's easy to do once you release them from inside the trunk. I spread the sound blanket in the back and the car swallowed up the tree with no problem.
November 23, 2009
We drove our car of the week, the 2009 Mazda 6, for a Meals on Wheels run today.
There was plenty of room in the trunk for the various food carriers, newspapers and beverages that we delivered.
Each route consists of 10-12 locations all within a short range of each other. While one person brings the food to the door, the driver types the next location into the navigation unit.
While the Mazda 6 gives clear, accurate directions -- and no longer has a big red stripe down its side -- it would not remember that we were in Santa Monica. Everytime I typed in the next address I had to type in the city, even though my trips were within blocks of each other. When you're going from 16th Street to 19th Street, you don't need the nav. But when you're trying to find Marguerita from Montana, you have to know where you're going.
Luckily, my partner for the day knew the area pretty well. So, we shut off the navigation and used our own sense of direction.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
November 10, 2009
So he tells me that now that they have this new family, she's looking at her Toyota 4Runner and thinking it should be some kind of family-friendly crossover. You can't blame them really, as there's a whole commercial culture built on accessories for your newborn, so you find yourself extending the same outlook to your transportation needs. It's as if you get a big stamp on your forehead that says, "Must have room for stroller."
And there's something to be said for a utility-style cargo area. That nice, flat loading floor makes it easy to scoot things in and out, and almost everything has some kind of split-back folding seat so you can expand the space. Of course, it also quickly assumes the appearance of an overcrowded kitchen drawer, with stuff sliding around. And the truth is, the volume isn't that great, because you can only stack stuff to the height of the rear seatback for fear of something being catapulted forward in a sudden stop.
So why not a car instead? As the Mazda 6 illustrates, the modern trunk is a miracle of modern convenience. This one measures 16.6 cubic feet, and the whole split-back seat thing applies. The liftover height is actually lower than most any crossover. And everything is secured in a nice container, so it won't try to hit you in the head in an accident. It's not like the trunk of the modern car is shaped like a well, which is what used to make the trunk of a sedan so inconvenient. I'll show him this picture, since I think hardly anybody really gets the way rear seats flop and fold these days.
So I'll suggest the Mazda 6 to him. But they'll probably get a Mazda CX-7 instead.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 20,165 miles
July 01, 2009
My sister-in-law came over last week to borrow some long stuff. The pile included a rake, an area rug, 4 five-foot-long two-by-fours and an oversized patio umbrella. She popped the trunk of her 328i and realized her rear seat does not fold down.
"Well", I said, "I can take the kids seats out of our Passat wagon and fold down its seats, but what a pain in the butt. You got any other ideas?"
"What about that car?" she said motioning to our long-term Mazda 6 that was sitting in my driveway. "Will they fit in there?"
"I don't know, let me get the key."
Sure enough. The Mazda's rear seat folded flat in seconds (it's even split 60/40) and it easily swallowed all the items. In fact, there was so much room to spare she went back in the garage and grabbed my push broom, a few tall bamboo sticks I'd been saving and my lifesize cardboard cutout of Burt Reynolds.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief
April 08, 2009
I'm driving home. Traffic isn't as bad as it could be at 4:30 pm in LA, and I find myself going 65 mph for a change.
Then I hear it: a persistent tapping coming from somewhere under the car, as if someone from Western Union were sending out an urgent message on a telegraph in Morse Code.
And it continues as long as my speed stays above 60 mph. Nothing to do but turn up the stereo some more until I can get home and crawl underneath to try my hand at some DIY.
When I eventually do, this is what I find:
The bolts holding the plastic shield in place are loose in three of four corners and a plastic button is missing from the forward edge, allowing aero turbulence to whap it against the car.
March 03, 2009
When it comes to handling golf bags, some carmakers get it and some don't. Mazda gets it -- big time, as you can see in this photo of our 2009 Mazda 6. And the opening is nice and wide too so you don't have to angle your clubs in one end at a time.
A lot of cars these days have such narrow trunks that you have to take the driver out of your bag first and lay it in separately. Then, when you're hurrying to the first tee you forget to put it back in and you have to play your whole round with a three wood. Golf's hard enough without that kind of nonsense.
Look how much room is left even after my clubs are in the Mazda's trunk. You could put Shaq's clubs in here with having to take the driver out of the bag first.
March 03, 2009
Once again we prove that there are times when a truck would be nice but isn't completely necessary. This is what seven bags of mulch look like in the trunk of a Mazda6.
Relax. I only went a few blocks. And the 6 handled it quite nicely thank you very much.
Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 6,638 miles
February 17, 2009
All day today, I bet you've been dying to know what groceries I bought over the weekend. Well, thanks to this nifty photo, you can! Bananas, strawberries, bread...
More to the point, though, is that our 2009 Mazda 6 has a big trunk. It measures 16.6 cubic feet worth of capacity, which is more than Accord or Camry. It's nicely shaped, too, and has strut-style scissor hinges for the trunk lid.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,420 miles