Mazda often stands out for making average cars with a lot of pep. Lightweight, they don't need a lot of horsepower to make drivers smile behind the wheel. Depending on which trim level buyers choose, they could also greatly enjoy the MAZDA6's interior.
There are six MAZDA6 trim levels: i Sport, i Touring, i Touring Plus, i Grand Touring, s Touring Plus, and s Grand Touring. Levels with an ""i"" prefix have the smaller 2.5-liter engine. Those with an ""s"" prefix have the bigger V-6.
The 2011 Mazda MAZDA6 is a peppy sedan with enough room for the whole family. Depending on which trim level one buys, it costs between $15,000 and $24,000. That makes it affordable for most families interested in buying a 2011 vehicle. Other companies, such as Kia and Hyundai, have managed to make similar sedans at lower prices. Thus, anyone looking to save some money might want to try alternatives before committing to the MAZDA6.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine; 3.7-liter, V-6 engine
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: i Sport, i Touring, i Touring Plus, i Grand Touring, s Touring Plus, and s Grand Touring
The 2011 Mazda MAZDA6 receives minor cosmetic changes from the previous year:
- Restyled headlights and fog lights
- Turn signals integrated in side-view mirrors on higher trims
- Base SV trim level dropped from lineup
- Fuel economy increases slightly with automatic transmission
There is a wide range of aftermarket parts that drivers could add to their 2011 Mazda MAZDA6s. Aftermarket performance parts include intake and exhaust systems, performance computer chips, superchargers, and turbochargers. For a unique appearance, you could add custom lights to the front or back. You could even purchase vertical doors that will make your MAZDA6 stand out from other cars on the road.
Plenty of garages offer repair and maintenance services for Mazda vehicles. The 2011 Mazda MAZDA6 is a pretty popular vehicle, so most mechanics probably have some experience with them. For the absolute best maintenance, checkups, and repairs, though, Mazda recommends taking the vehicle to a local dealership. Mechanics working at the dealership often have high levels of experience that can help them spot uncommon situations that can lead to expensive problems.
The i Sport comes with some features that you might not expect to see in a base model. Keyless entry, cruise control, full power accessories, and a six-speaker stereo with CD, MP3, and auxiliary audio jack compatibility are all rare at this level. The i Touring adds a few important features, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, a trip computer, Bluetooth compatibility, a power driver seat, and a trip computer. It also has an in-dash six-CD changer and leather trim on the steering wheel and shift knob.
Move up to the i Touring Plus, and you get few more interesting features, including a blind-spot monitoring system, sunroof, and electroluminescent gauges. The i Grand Touring adds more leather to the interior, a rearview camera, a ten-speaker stereo system, and a multi-information display. It also helps improve comfort with an automatic dual-zone climate control system and heated front seats.
Other than the larger engine, nothing changes much for the s trim levels. The s Touring Plus has the same features as the i Touring Plus. The s Grand Touring is just like the s Touring Plus, except that it has 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels.
When it comes to packages, buyers can choose from a wide range of options that will add special features. The Technology package is one of the most attractive options. It is available for Grand Touring models. The Technology package adds xenon headlights, heated outside mirrors, rearview and driver-side mirrors that dim automatically, and heated outside mirrors. This package also improves convenience and comfort with an automatic passenger seat, keyless ignition and entry, and driver memory settings.
Performance & Handling
The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine comes with the i trim levels. It generates 170 hp and 67 lb-ft of torque. With a manual transmission, the car gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. With an automatic transmission, gets slightly better mileage in the city (22 mpg) and on the highway (31 mpg). The beefier V-6 engine offers considerable power with 272 hp and 249 lb-ft of torque. However, the increased power means poorer fuel efficiency. The V-6 gets 18 in the city and 27 on the highway.
The 2011 Mazda MAZDA6 contains the safety features that you would expect in a modern sedan. It offers anti-lock brakes, front-seat side and full-length side curtain airbags, and a stability and traction control system for better handling.
EPA Fuel Economy
manual transmission: 21/30 mpg city/highway
automatic transmission: 22/31 mpg city/highway
V-6 engine: 18/27 mg city/highway
- Nimble handling
- Confident cornering capabilities
You Won't Like
- Stiff ride quality
- Slow acceleration
- Slow reaction from transmission
- Road noise
Overall, this is a great vehicle for anyone looking for a punchy sedan. However, the sedan market is extremely competitive. Most consumers will find that similar vehicles made by other companies offer the same advantages as the MAZDA6 at lower prices.
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