Midsize cars don’t have to be boring and Mazda’s offering is anything but. The Mazda6 is great looking, fun to drive and affordable. Cabin and control updates for 2016 make it even more comfortable, and it easily accommodates two child-safety seats, though its lower Latch anchors in our leather-equipped Grand Touring model weren’t the easiest to access.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- After removing the head restraint, the forward-facing convertible installed easily with its rigid Latch connectors.
- The three top tether anchors on the parcel shelf are large and easy to access.
- In rear-facing mode, the convertible installed easily and had enough room; we did not have to move up the front-passenger seat forward to accommodate it.
What We Don’t
- The two sets of outboard Latch anchors were set about an inch into the seat bight, where the back and bottom cushions meet, and positioned high against the seatback cushion, complicating access with the infant seat’s hook-like connectors.
- We had to move the front passenger seat forward to make room for the infant seat. Taller passengers will need more legroom to be comfortable.
- The sedan has smaller buckles on short stalks; they will be tough for kids in booster seats to use independently.