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2011 Mazda 6 Sedan: Features, Prices, Performance, and Rivals

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist May 26, 2020 at 10:45 AM
The Mazda 6 is a part of the mid-sized sedan with a lot of desirable characteristics and in 2011, the story is no different. It faces stiff competition from the likes of Toyota’s all-rounder, the Camry, and Honda’s established Accord. Let’s find out if the 2011 model is worth your attention.

The Mazda 6 is proof that you can get everything that you want from a midsize sedan with great performance, driving dynamics, and without having to make compromises in any sphere and this is what led to the success of Mazda as a brand in the United States. Mazda has been giving us American’s a taste of Japanese excellence since 02, with the introduction of the 626. The Mazda 6 is the spiritual successor to that excellent, no-nonsense approach to motoring and for 2011, Mazda is continuing with the same model which received a thorough update in 2009.

2011 Mazda 6 has aged gracefully over the years

Other positives of the Maza 6 that made it popular were its sleek styling, comfortable and spacious interiors, top safety scores, and all these came for a reasonable price making it a value pick in the segment. This proven formula from the original Mazda 626 and the upcoming generations was carried on to the 2011 model and it made it quite successful in its segment. But when compared to the latest 2020 Mazda 6 which has improved a lot in almost every aspect, the 2011 Mazda 6 looks and feels outdated both inside and outside. So, how does the 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan stack up?

2011 Mazda 6 Sedan Trims and Features

The Mazda 6 was offered in a total of six trims when launched in 2011 and there was also a dedicated high-performance variant called the Speed 6 that was powered by a more powerful 3.7 - liter V6 engine over the base 2.5 - liter Inline four-cylinder engine. 

The trim levels start from the i Sport variant followed by i Touring, i Touring Plus, i Grand Touring, s Grand Touring, and finally s Touring Plus.

Trim

i Sport

i Touring

i Touring Plus

i Grand Touring

s Grand Touring

s Touring Plus

MSRP

$6,771

$7,379

$7,471

$8,161

$9,159

$10,307

Key Features

Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

In addition to or replaces, i Sport trim features with :

In addition to or replaces, i Touring trim features with :

In addition to or replaces, i Touring Plus trim features with :

In addition to or replaces, i Grand Touring trim features with :

In addition to or replaces, s Grand Touring trim features with :

 

16.0 - inch Steel Wheels

17.0 - inch Alloy Wheels

17.0 - inch Alloy Wheels

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

Power Mirrors

Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat

 

Fog Lights

8 - Way Power Driver Seat

Moonroof Wind Deflector

4 - Wheel ABS

Remote Keyless Power Door Locks

Rear Door Child Safety Locks

 

6 - Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments

Sirius Satellite Radio with 6 - Month Subscription

Turn Signal In Mirrors

Stability Control

All-Weather Floor Mats

Engine Immobilizer

 

4 - Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment

Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror with Compass & Homelink

Remote Anti - Theft Alarm System

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Navigation System

Element Antenna

 

Cloth Upholstery

Leather And Simulated Alloy Steering Wheel

Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System

Bose Premium Brand Stereo System

Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat

AM/FM Stereo

 

Heated Mirrors

Cruise Control

Traction Control

Interior Air Filtration

Leather Upholstery

Auxiliary Audio Input

The 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan undoubtedly feels its age now, especially when compared to its new latest generation rivals. The rivals for the 2011 Mazda 6 include its latest generation, i.e the 2020 Mazda 6 followed by the extremely popular 2020 Honda Accord, the ultra-reliable and popular 2020 Toyota Camry and 2020 Chevrolet Malibu.

Engine and Performance

There are a total of two engine options with the 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan. The base 2.5 - liter Inline four-cylinder unit produces a healthy 170 hp and has 167 lb-ft of torque on offer. This base unit has the adequate grunt to power the Mazda 6 but if you want the extra power and performance, then get the 3.7 - liter V6 unit which produces 272 hp and has 269 lb-ft of torque on offer. The 3.7 - liter V6 engine does add a bit of weight to the front which actually helps in the driving dynamics of the car but affects the performance and acceleration from standstill.

How does the engine feel?

The 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan with the 3.7 - liter V6 unit is the engine option to go for as it provides much better performance than the 2.5 - liter Inline four-cylinder unit. It produces 272 hp and also has 260 lb-ft of torque on offer. In fact, the 3.7 - liter unit is so good, we would recommend it over the current generation 2.5 turbo unit. 

 

Models

2011 Mazda 6

2020 Mazda 6

2020 Chevrolet Malibu

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

MSRP

$10,307

$24,720

$22,965

$24,640

$25,025

Engine

3.7 - liter V6 Gas

2.5 -liter Inline 4 Gas

1.5 - liter Turbocharged Inline 4 Gas

1.5 - liter Turbocharged Inline 4 Gas

2.5 - liter Inline 4 Gas

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6 - speed automatic/5 - speed automatic

6 - speed automatic

CVT

CVT

8 - speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

272 hp @ 6250 rpm

187 hp @ 6,000 rpm

163 hp @ 5,700 rpm

192 hp @ 5,500 rpm

203 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

269 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

184 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

 

Among the competition, the Toyota Camry is actually very powerful compared to the base 2.5 - liter unit found in the 2011 Mazda 6. This is then followed by the Honda Accord which is just as powerful as the Camry.

How fast is the 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan?

The powerful 3.7 - liter V6 unit on the Mazda 6 makes it the fastest among its rivals in the segment. The 2011 model just takes 6.6 seconds to reach the 0 - 60 mph mark and has a top speed of 158 mph.

 

Models

2011 Mazda 6

2020 Mazda 6

2020 Chevrolet Malibu

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.6

7.1

8.5

7.3

7.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.8

15.1

16.5

15.7

15.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

158

131

130

115

135

Engine

3.7 - liter V6 Gas

2.5 -liter Inline 4 Gas

1.5 - liter Turbocharged Inline 4 Gas

1.5 - liter Turbocharged Inline 4 Gas

2.5 - liter Inline 4 Gas

 

The 2011 Mazda 6 is actually the fastest in the segment at just 6.6 seconds followed by the 2020 Mazda 6 which takes 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 131 mph. In Fact, the previous generation Speed 6 version could achieve 60mph from a standstill in just 5.7 seconds, which is fast even by present-day standards.

How does the 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan handle?

The 2011 Mazda 6 was well known for its handling characteristics and it out-handled even the present-day Honda Accord and was almost as accomplished and dynamic just like the class-leading Nissan Altima. But there's no denying the fact that in 2011 it was the best handling sedan in its segment, just like its 2020 iteration.

2011 Mazda 6 is one of the best handling sedans in its segment

This definitely affects the ride quality of the Mazda 6 and as a result, the road noise is prominent when compared to other cars in the segment. The two engine options make the car fun to drive but it is the V6 engine that has the power to make the driving experience much better than the base 2.5 - liter unit.

How well does the 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan stop?

The 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan does not compromise on the safety front too with really big brake rotors both at the front and rear. The front brake rotors are sized at 11.8 - inches whereas the rear brake rotors are sized at 11.0 - inches.

 

Models

2011 Mazda 6

2020 Mazda 6

2020 Chevrolet Malibu

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.8

11.7

11.6

11.5

12.0

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.0

10.9

10.8

11.1

11.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

3309

3433

3126

3131

3241

 

Among its rivals, the Camry has the biggest brake rotors both at the front and rear brakes. It is also comparatively lighter than the 2011 Mazda 6 which makes it the best in the segment.

How many miles to the gallon does the 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan offers?

Even after 9 years since launch, the 2011 Mazda 6 is one such great car when it comes to fuel efficiency. It offers 22 mpg in the city, 31 mpg in the highway, and has a combined mpg of 25. These figures are not the best in the segment but still, are well more than adequate by all means especially considering its age.

 

Models

2011 Mazda 6

2020 Mazda 6

2020 Chevrolet Malibu

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

MPG (City)

22

26

29

30

29

MPG (Highway)

31

35

36

38

41

MPG (Combined)

25

29

32

33

34

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

16.4

15.8

14.8

15.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

407/573.5/462.5

426.4/574/475.6

458.2/568.8/505.6

444/562.4/488.4

458.2/647.8/537.2

 

Even though it has poor fuel efficiency figures than all the other cars in the segment, it's massive fuel tank capacity at 18.5 gallons gives it an identical range just like all its rivals. But it is the Toyota Camry that beats all its rivals not only in terms of fuel efficiency but also gives it the best range in the segment.

Is the Interior of the 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan a nice place to be in?

There is no denying the fact that it is 9 years old and it is quite evident when you step inside the 2011 Mazda 6. The dashboard design of the Mazda 6 is quite bland and the all-black interior does not even help its ambiance. The quality of the interior plastics also feels outdated but it is also understandable as it is 9 years old. The plain design helps in better ergonomics and makes it easier to use when driving.

Are the seats comfortable?

The seats on the 2011 Mazda 6 are very comfortable providing adequate support. The front driver and passenger seats get loads of adjustments which are manual in the base trims but are electric in higher trims. There is also a heated function in some higher variants but it is only limited to the front driver and passenger seats.

 

Models

2011 Mazda 6

2020 Mazda 6

2020 Chevrolet Malibu

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.4/57.3/42.5

38.4/55.9/42.2

39.1/58.5/41.5

39.5/58.3/42.3

38.3/57.7/42.1

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.3/56.5/38.0

37.1/55.1/38.7

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.3/56.5/40.4

38.0/55.7/38.0

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.6

14.7

15.8

16.7

14.1

 

Among its rivals, the 2011 Mazda 6 is on par with its rivals in terms of front row space and rear row space. The Honda Accord and Mazda 6 are pretty closely matched whereas the Malibu trails behind the two.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

This is the aspect of the car in which you should not absolutely have a doubt that if it is old. It is very outdated and in fact, there is not much to talk about the infotainment system. It is a very basic Audio system that is frustrating to use at times but is saved with the help of the 10 - speaker Bose premium sound system and features like the AM/FM Stereo and Sirius Satellite Radio.

2011 Mazda 6 sedan's CONNECT infotainment

Some of the features include:

  • AM/FM Radio
  • Sirius Satellite Radio
  • Boze 10 Speaker Sound System
  • Built-In Navigation
  • Reversing Camera
  • Bluetooth Audio compatibility
  • I-pod playback

 

Are the 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan looks enough to attract buyers?

Even though its 9 years old, it is safe to say that the 2011 Mazda 6 still looks sleek and stylish and has managed to age rather well. Yes, the latest newer generation 2020 Mazda 6 looks far more appealing than the 2011 model but it continues to be, by all means, a good piece of Japanese Design.

 

Models

2011Mazda 6

2020 Mazda 6

2020 Chevrolet Malibu

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

Curb Weight (lb)

3309

3433

3126

3131

3241

Length (inches)

193.7

192.7

194.2

192.2

192.1

Width (inches)

72.4

72.4

73.0

73.3

72.4

Height (inches)

57.9

57.1

57.9

57.1

56.9

Wheelbase (inches)

109.8

111.4

111.4

111.4

111.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.1

6.5

6.5

6.6

5.7

 

The 2011 Mazda shows its age also in the dimensions aspect as some of its rivals including the 2020 Mazda 6 have better ground clearance and wheelbase than the 2011 model, but none the less, with its striking angular headlights and low slung profile, it manages to look sportier than most of its modern-day rivals.

Safety features of the 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan

The standard features on the 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan include anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags, and curtain airbags. The Mazda 6 was also not tested by either the NHTSA or the IIHS but the car by itself is strong and stable. The 2011 Mazda 6 also takes a mere 125 ft to come to a halt when braked from 60 mph.

Which one to go for?

The 2011 Mazda 6 Sedan is a great option in the used car segment and is also a good buy if you can get one. But you must know the compromises you are making when choosing a used Mazda 6. It won't be as fuel-efficient as a modern-day sedan, the infotainment system is archaic, the interior design and material quality are also on the harsher side, the equipment list is low, and it looks may not attract when compared to the stylish cars that come these days. It is still a good buy but if it is not the one for you, the current generation 2020 Mazda 6 is also a good choice followed by the Accord and Camry.

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