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2011 Mazda Mazda6

$4,277 — $12,061 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
22-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Attractive design
  • V-6 performance
  • Responsive steering
  • Cornering performance
  • Interior quality
  • Folding-backseat design

The Bad

  • Stiff ride
  • Navigation system's graphics quality
  • Four-cylinder engine sound
2011 Mazda Mazda6 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Mazda Mazda6
  • Optional 272-hp V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard stability system
  • Optional blind spot warning system
  • Available rearview camera
  • New headlight design
  • New cloth seating materials

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Vehicle Overview

Mazda's midsize front-wheel-drive sedan benefits from a sportier nature than some of its competitors. Inline-four-cylinder (in "i" models) and V-6 ("s" models) engines are available in the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. Competitors include midsize sedans like the Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu.

New for 2011
The headlights and fog lamps get a new design, and there is a new design for the 17-inch alloy wheels. Mazda says fuel economy has improved on the "i" and "s" models. Other changes include new folding mirrors with turn-signal lamps on Touring Plus and Grand Touring models, a couple of new paint colors, a new steering-wheel design, new cloth seat materials, new trim for the instrument panel and door armrests, and a  rearview camera with a 7-inch touch-screen.

Exterior
For 2009, designers ditched the previous design for what Mazda calls a "Japanese aesthetic" in the current car. The vehicle sports a long hood with pronounced front fender flares that flow through the headlamps and mold with the front bumper.

Exterior features include:

  • Standard body-colored grille, front and rear bumpers, door handles and moldings
  • 16-inch steel wheels with full covers
  • Optional 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional LED taillamps
  • Single (four-cylinder models) or dual exhaust outlets (V-6 models)

Interior
The rounded instruments integrate nicely into the T-shaped instrument panel. The radio and center controls are tilted up to enhanc...

Vehicle Overview

Mazda's midsize front-wheel-drive sedan benefits from a sportier nature than some of its competitors. Inline-four-cylinder (in "i" models) and V-6 ("s" models) engines are available in the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. Competitors include midsize sedans like the Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu.

New for 2011
The headlights and fog lamps get a new design, and there is a new design for the 17-inch alloy wheels. Mazda says fuel economy has improved on the "i" and "s" models. Other changes include new folding mirrors with turn-signal lamps on Touring Plus and Grand Touring models, a couple of new paint colors, a new steering-wheel design, new cloth seat materials, new trim for the instrument panel and door armrests, and a  rearview camera with a 7-inch touch-screen.

Exterior
For 2009, designers ditched the previous design for what Mazda calls a "Japanese aesthetic" in the current car. The vehicle sports a long hood with pronounced front fender flares that flow through the headlamps and mold with the front bumper.

Exterior features include:

  • Standard body-colored grille, front and rear bumpers, door handles and moldings
  • 16-inch steel wheels with full covers
  • Optional 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional LED taillamps
  • Single (four-cylinder models) or dual exhaust outlets (V-6 models)

Interior
The rounded instruments integrate nicely into the T-shaped instrument panel. The radio and center controls are tilted up to enhance functionality for the driver. Blacked-out instrument faces have metallic needles and trim.

All trim levels get 60/40-split folding rear seats with remote capability. Interior features include:

  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls
  • New steering-wheel design, instrument panel trim accents and stitched vinyl door armrests
  • Standard air conditioning with pollen filter, optional dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Standard power locks, windows and mirrors (heated mirrors are optional)
  • Optional power moonroof with interior sunshade
  • Optional 333-watt, 10-speaker Bose audio system
  • Optional DVD navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen, rearview camera and voice-activated controls

Under the Hood
The Mazda6 features a front and rear independent suspension. Four-cylinder and V-6 options are normal in this segment, but the standard six-speed manual transmission (with the four-cylinder) plays up Mazda's performance roots. There are also two automatic transmission offerings: The four-cylinder engine can have an optional five-speed automatic transmission, and the V-6 comes with a standard six-speed automatic (it can't be had with a manual). Mechanical features include:

  • 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 167 pounds-feet of torque
  • 272-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with 269 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional five- and six-speed automatic transmissions
  • Optional push-button start
  • Optional keyless entry and start system

Safety
The Mazda6 offers a blind spot warning system. Other safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
20 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Nicest and most well driving car I have ever owned

by Nikkileeanne from Eau Claire, michigan on October 19, 2018

The car is really comfortable and drives well. I love the color and the interior is nice. I LOVE the sound system. The red lights on the dash is nice also. Read full review

(4.0)

GREAT CAR GREAT PRICE

by WARREN 64 from Baton Rouge , LA on August 27, 2018

TOOK CARE OF ME GOING TO WORK, GREAT GAS MILEAGE, EASY TO DRIVE, EASY TO SERVICE AND PARK. I WILL SHOP MAZDA WHEN I BUY ANOTHER CAR Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Mazda6 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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