Intro: The 2011 Mazda6 mid-size family sedan has emerged as a standout in its class. With sporty exterior styling, tight handling and a modern and spacious interior, this is a sedan for those tired of the same old 4-door cruiser.
The 5-passenger Mazda6 articulates performance with sharply angled head-and-taillights, blacked-out B-pillars, raked rear windows, dual chrome exhaust and an available rear wing spoiler. Our test model also featured 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights and silver trimmed sport taillights.
Performance: The base engine for the Mazda6 is a 2.5-liter inline 4 sending 170 horsepower and 167 pound feet of torque to the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Up-rated models get a 3.7-liter V6 sending 272 horsepower and 269 pound feet of torque to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: While the exterior of the Mazda6 is all about performance, the interior has a quality finish and upscale feel. Our test model came well appointed with a tilt-telescoping multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a power sunroof, and Sirius satellite radio.
Safety: Standard safety features for the Mazda6 include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, traction control, dynamic stability control, front and rear side-impact door beams, a crushable brake and accelerator assembly and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
A notable safety option is Mazda's blind spot monitoring system, which alerts the driver of unseen cars in other lanes.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Mazda6 is $19,990. A range-topping V6 Grand Touring model starts at $29,320. The 6 is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With aggressive sport styling, a well equipped upscale interior and a base price under $20,000, the 2011 Mazda6 offers drivers an attractive and affordable alternative to the conventional family sedan.