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Avg. Price Paid: $12,042 - $16,657
Original MSRP: $19,990 - $29,320
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Mazda Mazda6 Review

Review Last Updated: 7/26/12

The 2011 Mazda6’s sleek exterior lines and sporty handling help it stand out from the pack of 2011 midsize cars. In addition to the Mazda6’s fun factor, the abundance of passenger and trunk space also makes it a good choice for families.

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The 2011 Mazda6 is known for amping up the excitement in a class that is generally considered bland and practical. Reviewers agreed that in addition to its sporty styling, the Mazda6’s athletic handling and engaging performance are its best features. They also liked its huge cabin and large trunk, which are ideal for buyers who need a spacious used car.   

The 2011 Mazda6 has a few flaws that keep it from being a top-ranked car in its class. When it was new, test drivers were a little disappointed with the base four-cylinder engine’s power, and V6 models, which while powerful, don’t get the best fuel economy estimates in the class. Inside the Mazda6, a few reviewers thought some of the materials were subpar when compared with materials found in higher-ranking midsize cars. With up to 22/31 mpg city/highway, the 2011 Mazda6‘s fuel economy estimates are in line with its competitors. Its reliability rating is also about average, though its safety ratings are a bit low for the class.

The front-wheel drive 2011 Mazda6 has either a four-cylinder or V6 engine. A six-speed manual is standard, while five- and six-speed automatics are also available. Standard features on the base model include cruise control, keyless entry and a six-speaker stereo. Higher trim levels add items like an upgraded stereo, Bluetooth, a sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a blind-spot monitoring system. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control are standard safety features on the 2011 Mazda6.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Ford Fusion is roomy and practical, but reviewers thought it was also fun to drive. Available features, like all-wheel drive and Ford’s Sync voice-activated infotainment system, along with a high reliability rating, help the Fusion one-up its competition. The Ford Fusion was also named our 2011 Best Affordable Midsize Car for Families.

If you live in areas with inclement weather or take the occasional trip off the beaten path, the 2011 Subaru Legacy is a good choice thanks to its standard all-wheel drive. Reviewers agreed that the Legacy isn’t as good-looking as the Mazda6, but the Legacy offers a roomy interior and good trunk space. The 2011 Legacy’s reliability rating is good and it also beats the 2011 Mazda6 with better safety scores.

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