By Jennifer Geiger on April 16, 2013
Mazda's midsize sedan was redesigned for 2014 with more dramatic exterior styling and two new four-cylinder engines, including the car's first turbo diesel. Installing child-safety seats in the Mazda6 was relatively drama-free, however.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.
Here's how the 2014 Mazda6 did in Cars.com's Car Seat Check:
Latch system: There are two sets of Latch anchors in the outboard seats. They sit about a quarter-inch into the seat bight. Although they're not buried too deeply, stiff seat cushions mean it’ll take a bit of muscle to connect to the anchors.
Booster seat: The high-back booster fit well on the lightly contoured bench seat. We had to remove the head restraint, however; it pushed the booster forward. The buckles are on recessed bases, so kids could need help reaching them.
Convertible seat: To fit the rear-facing convertible, we had to move the front passenger seat forward quite a bit. Our tester's knees were grazing the glove box.
In the forward position, there was plenty of room for the convertible, though the tough seat cushions again made Latch connection a bit tough. There are three tether anchors on the rear shelf; they're under hinged plastic covers and easy to use.
Infant-safety seat: This seat uses thinner, hooklike connectors that were easier to use with the Latch anchors. We again had to move the front-passenger seat forward to accommodate this rear-facing child seat, but in this case, the passenger had enough legroom.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
Editor's note: For three car seats — infant-safety seat, convertible and booster seats — to fit in a car, our criterion is that a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer