2009 Mazda 6: Rear Seat Comfort
September 15, 2009
Although some people still pine for the smaller, more nimble previous-generation Mazda 6, that car's tight rear seat was no doubt an issue for many family sedan buyers. To see how the upsized new Mazda 6 fares, I sat in back of our long-termer for about an hour-long trip.
There's plenty of legroom and decent thigh support. Toe room should be fine as long as you're not wearing hiking boots or something bulky like that. Headroom was suitable for me (5-feet, 10-inches), though I could imagine someone of taller stature having more of an issue with this. There a suitable rake to the seatback, making it a little easier to relax.
The only thing I didn't like was that the door's armrest seemed too far away -- I couldn't easily rest my forearm on it. Overall, though, the new 6 is very competitive in terms of rear-seat comfort.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 17,160 miles