2011 Mazda MAZDA6 Review

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The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 is a great pick for practically-minded family-car shoppers who also value driving enjoyment.

The Mazda6 manages to elude most family shopping lists, and we think that's a shame as it is in some respects the most attractive, best-packaged, and friskiest-driving mid-size sedan on the market. The Michigan-made Mazda6 manages to stand out from the crowd, and it's as appealing inside as it is on the outside.

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that Mazda6 'I' (including base SV, Sport, and Touring) models get is not only the more economical choice but actually feels quite peppy with either the six-speed manual or five-speed automatic in this rather light-weight (for its size) front-driver. But once you drive the V-6 there might not be any going back; with 272 horsepower from 3.7 liters, it churns out the torque and makes the Mazda6 feel like a muscle car from a standing start. Gas mileage isn't great, but it's a hoot to drive. Brakes have a pleasing, no-slack feel as well, and altogether, it delivers athletic handling and a surprisingly accommodating ride, but it's on the verge of being too soft for Mazda's zoom-zoom image. Steering also could be crisper and quicker and feels a little too isolated, especially on V-6 models.

The 2011 Mazda6 is a roomy mid-size sedan, and even though this model's racier look might promise a little more sportiness, it doesn't give up anything in terms of seat comfort, trunk space, or ride quality. The Mazda6 is about as large as a Toyota Camry inside, with a backseat that now has plenty of space for adults and a trunk that's actually the largest in its class at 16.6 cubic feet. The rear seatbacks can also be folded forward to dramatically increase cargo space; however, there are no releases within easy reach of the trunk—you'll need to climb around. Front seats also are better than those elsewhere in this class, with some measure of thigh and side support to hold you in place in corners.

The Mazda6 is also positioned, for value and pricing, right up against segment leaders like the Honda Accord, Nissan Maxima, and Hyundai Sonata. Like those models, the 6 covers a wide range in terms of pricing and equipment, with the base SV starting just under $20k and a fully loaded 's' Grand Touring costing more than $33k.

Other than the lack of Bluetooth, which we think should be offered at all trim levels, we like the level of equipment in the SV; it includes air conditioning, a tilt/telescopic stsering wheel, power windows and locks, rear-seat heated ducts, and a six-speaker audio system with aux input. At the top of the range, Grand Touring models gain items like leather upholstery, heated front seats, keyless illuminated entry, cruise control, a dual-zone climate control system, fog lamps, and a power moonroof.

New for 2011, Grand Touring models now get a 4.3-inch Multi-Information Display, including Bluetooth controls and a rearview camera, and Touring models also get a Bluetooth interface.

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September 13, 2016
2011 Mazda MAZDA6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport

Ideal Family Car On The Cheap

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the 2011 Mazda 6 would have been the perfect car for me...if I had a wife & kids. As a single guy, the car seemed massive - way more car than I needed. The 2.5 four cylinder offered adequate power if you put... + More »
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June 26, 2015
2016 Mazda MAZDA6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring

Amazing Car! Could Not Be Any Happier

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Slightly underpowered for it's class and size. MazdaConnect has it's issues too. Would love the ability to use the Nav System freely and openly, especially while driving. When it locks up due to driving... + More »
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April 16, 2015
For 2016 Mazda MAZDA6

This is best car for the value.

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Nice car for young age people as well as middle age peoples.
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October 13, 2015
2015 Mazda MAZDA6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring

Outstanding "family sedan"

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I hate the term "family sedan" for a car like this because it implies boring and utilitarian, which this car is definitely not. Very good performance and fun to drive. (A turbo would be nice but I always want... + More »
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August 19, 2015
2015 Mazda MAZDA6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport

Sublime, just that.

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It's by far, the best car ever based on a relation price/product. I'm completly happy wiht my red soul all new mazda6.
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July 19, 2015
2015 Mazda MAZDA6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport

2015 Mazda 6 is an amazing car.

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Owned a 2015 6 GT for approx 7 months and now have approx 10k miles on it. Simply put this is an amazing car that is very satisfying to drive with so many features that once you grow accustom to you will not... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2015 Mazda MAZDA6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring

new but love it & don't know it yet

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The car is attractive, comfortable and simply nice. I only have had the car for a couple of weeks, so no comment on reliability. The car is fairly quick and handles well--- I am not sure about the Nitrofil in... + More »
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April 20, 2015
For 2015 Mazda MAZDA6

Best value in midsize car segment

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I test drove several other cars before purchasing the Mazda6. It has all of the options including Tech Package. The handling and performance are second too only BMW and Audi. Fuel economy is averaging just... + More »
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April 13, 2015
For 2015 Mazda MAZDA6

Best car I've ever owned

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This is a great car. I got the GT trim with Tech Package. It has lots of electronic bells and whistles, most notably radar cruise control. It isn't the quietest car around (apparently improved in 2016), but I... + More »
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March 1, 2016
2014 Mazda MAZDA6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport

Great Mileage and Very Dependable

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Very good mileage, averaging 32 mpg Have 60,000 miles and only one small shifter problem. Did not have to replace first set of tires until 55,000 and still have the other with good mileage on them. I had a... + More »
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