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Difficulty entering car?

I love everything about the Mazda 6 and really want it to be my next car but I can't get past this one weird thing. Every time I open the driver's door and sit in the driver's seat my back hits the B pillar - HARD! It's like the B pillar is about 6 inches too far forward. It bothers me because I've never experienced this with any other car.

At the Chicago auto show it happened repeatedly even with the Mazda 3 and CX-5. I didn't have any problems hitting my back on the Accord, Altima, Sonata or even the smaller Honda Civic.

It seems like such a strange thing to be bothered about but every time I try to get in it makes me feel like the car is too small even though I have plenty of space once inside. Am I crazy or has anyone else experienced this?
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Change the seat position? Push the steering wheel in further? Not sure what to tell you to be honest - never heard anyone else having this issue on here (or any Mazda forum for that matter).

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I find it weird...

I admit that I myself had some "difficulty" with the ingress and egress when compared with CR-V, Trailblazer, and the likes. The first time I tried the Jetta, I had some adjustments with the way I enter and exit. The same thing is true whenever I have driven an SUV or any crossovers for a long time, say 3 months, then use the car.

After some time, I get used to it. I'm not a big person, as I'm only 5'6 and weighs 56 kg only but I somewhat get that feeling of "difficulty" you just mentioned. If I may emphasize, I experience that momentarily.

However, you mentioned a lot of cars and you said you didn't have any difficulty with those cars so I find it weird.

If I may suggest, have the seat all the way to the rear before going out of the car. The next time you enter, you should have sufficient space. Just use the memory button to get back to your preferred seating position. Since you mentioned the B pillar, I believe there's nothing else that we can adjust aside from what I've said and the steering as recommended by @Byakuya.
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The only thing I can think of is the sloping roof; in order to avoid hitting your head, you may be bending over more than other cars which cause your back to stick out more when entering. I also agree with @Archerfish and @Byakuya in that you may have the seat too far forward.

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Interesting...I have noticed the "forward" B-pillar once I'm in, but have not had any issues when getting in. That being said, I do tend to be particularly careful about not sliding into the seat, being mindful due to the bolsters and parchment color.
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I'm a big guy, 5'8 and 270. Also as far as seat height, this is the lowest on a car I've owned since I got rid of my 1997 Plymouth Neon back in 2003. I have no issues getting in and out of the 6. I had a 2014 Mazda 3 for 4 months and I got rid of it because THAT was a difficult car for me to get in and out of. I just thought I would get used to it. This is also why I don't count the 3 as one of the cars I officially owned...a costly mistake I just want to forget.
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