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Josh Rosenberg By Josh Rosenberg
Updated Dec. 2, 2023

2011 Mazda6 Pros And Cons, Features Review, And Possible Mechanical Problem Watchlist

Related: How To Get The Best Deal On A "Brand New" Mazda

Due to extremely high new and used car prices, as well as high interest rate loans, many carbuyers have turned to "older" models that have aged well as a way to save significant dollars.

2011 Mazda 6

And history has proven the 2011 Mazda6 is one of the more reliable and durable older sedans out there, challenging even the more famous Honda Accord. In fact, a well-maintained Mazda6 is expected to last 200,000 to 250,000 miles.

But all cars have mechanical issues, some that are characteristic to a specific model, even those with strong reliability reputations. That's just a natural part of car ownership.

So here, ...

- We'll take a look at the 2011 Mazda6's overall pros and cons all these years later.

- Next, we'll review its features as it was originally released in 2011.

- Then we'll list mechanical problems that at least some owners have experienced that should be checked before buying.

- And finally, we'll suggest ways of buying one today at the lowest price.

But first, and very importantly ...

Things To Do When Considering An "Older" Vehicle

Locate Lower Mileage Vehicles: They are certainly out there to be found with careful and patient shopping. Be willing to drive a distance if you have to.

Vehicle History and Maintenance: Ask for the vehicle history report (CarFax or AutoCheck) as well as documented maintenance and repair records. If not provided by the Dealer or private seller, it's usually best to move on.

Pre-Purchase Inspection: Have the vehicle independently inspected before making a final decision. This usually will cost in the $150-$200 range but is well worth it given the potentially thousands in savings over the long term.

And My #1 Price Tip: Please, always get online price quotes at auto sites such as and (both, actually), whether looking for a new or used car. Competition among dealers for your business does amazing things to prices, and it's so easy. It really does make a difference.

And quickly, while we're at it, my #2 Tip is to always know the up-to-date trade-in value of your current car. You can get a quick and surprisingly accurate one at Edmund's Trade-In Quotes.

It's free and just takes a couple of minutes. I think what helps its accuracy is the inputs will include either your plate# or VIN# followed by many simple, but specific, yes/no questions. It really focuses in on the detail of the specific vehicle.

2011 Mazda6 Pros

Reliability: Despite being a bit older, the Mazda6 still retains its reputation for reliability. If well-maintained, it can offer dependable performance.

Affordability: While used car prices have increased overall, older models like the 2011 Mazda6 might still be more affordable compared to newer vehicles of similar size and class.

Engine Durability: The engines in the Mazda6, particularly the four-cylinder options, were known for their reliability when properly maintained. They could often endure high mileage without major issues.

Overall Build Quality: Mazda generally produces cars known for their solid build quality, and the Mazda6 was no exception. It had a sturdy build and well-designed components.

Longevity: Many Mazda6 owners reported that their vehicles held up well over time. With regular maintenance, they were known to last for many years without major mechanical problems.

Good Handling: Its sporty handling and driving dynamics could still be appealing for those seeking an engaging driving experience.

Stylish Design: It has a sleek exterior design that many find appealing.

Spacious Interior: It offers ample room for passengers and cargo, making it practical for daily use or trips.

Fuel Efficiency: It can be quite fuel-efficient, especially with the four-cylinder engine option.

2011 Mazda6 Cons

Aging Technology: The technology and infotainment system might feel outdated compared to newer cars. Connectivity options and features might not be up to today's standards.

Potential Maintenance Issues: Given its age, there might be increased maintenance requirements or potential issues arising from wear and tear that could require attention.

Fuel Efficiency: While not necessarily a deal-breaker, the fuel efficiency of older models might not match newer, more efficient vehicles in the same class.

Higher Mileage: Depending on the specific car you find, it might have higher mileage, which could impact its remaining lifespan and potential repairs needed sooner.

Road Noise: Some owners and reviewers have mentioned that there might be more road noise in the cabin compared to some competitors.

Engine Power: The base four-cylinder engine might not provide as much power or acceleration as some competitors.

Interior Quality: While spacious, the interior materials might feel less luxurious compared to some rivals in the same class.

2011 Mazda6 Overview

The 2011 Mazda6 is among the top family sedan picks thanks to its impressive handling, strong V6 engine version, smooth transmission, roomy interior, large trunk capacity and sleek design.

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The truth is, the Mazda 6 proves that a family sedan doesn't have to be bland and boring. Nor does its good looks and athletic driving dynamics come at the sacrifice of other important family priorities as it's still comfortable for full-sized adults, has a history of excellent crash test scores and is reasonably priced for the segment.

Even so, this is a particularly competitive segment with a number of other worthy choices. And those shopping this segment can come to the most informed final buying decision by comparing other top rivals.

Both the Hyundai Sonata and the Kia Optima offer similar performance at a smaller price, but can't match the 6's cabin space.

Also sporty are the Nissan Altima as well as the Ford Fusion, and there's always the tried and true Honda Accord.

Trims, Standard Features And Options:

The 2011 Mazda6 is offered in six trims: i Sport, i Touring, i Touring Plus, i Grand Touring, s Touring Plus and s Grand Touring. Models with an "i" prefix are equipped with a four-cylinder engine. Models with an "s" prefix come with a V6 engine.

Standard features on the Mazda6 i Sport include power windows, power mirrors, power doorlocks, 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, a manually height-adjustable driver seat, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, keyless entry, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack.

Moving up to the i Touring model adds a power diver seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6-disc in-dash CD changer, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, foglights, and upgraded interior trim accents.

The Mazda6 i Touring Plus then adds a sunroof, electroluminescent instrument gauges, external mirrors with integrated turn signals and a blind-spot monitoring system, while the i Grand Touring model adds a multi-information display, leather upholstery, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a 10-speaker Bose audio system.

2011 Mazda6 Sedan rear view

The s Touring Plus is equipped just like the i Touring Plus, but adds the V6 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission and some special exterior trim details. The s Grand Touring tops things off by adding 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels.

In terms of optional features, the Technology package (offered on Grand Touring models) includes a power passenger seat, driver memory functions, keyless entry/ignition, satellite radio, automatic xenon headlights, automatic wipers, heated external mirrors and an auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirror.

Also available only for Grand Touring models is voice-activated navigation with a 7-inch touchscreen display. Many of the above features are also available as stand-alone options, depending on the model, and also include remote engine start, a chrome fuel-filler door and a rear spoiler.

Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:

Under the hood of 2011 Mazda6 i models is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 170-horsepower and 167-pound-feet of torque. It's paired with either a standard 6-speed manual transmission on the i Sport or an optional 5-speed automatic with manual shift control, which is the only available transmission on the other i models.

Powering the Mazda6 s versions is a 3.7-liter V6 engine good for a robust 272-horsepower and 269-lb-ft of torque. It's paired only with a 6-speed automatic. In performance tests, the s model was timed from a standstill to 60 mph in a very quick-for-the-class 6.5 seconds. The four-cylinder automatic was timed in the same sprint in a more modest 9.1 seconds.

The EPA-estimated gas mileage for the i Sport with a manual transmission stands at 21 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway. Ratings for the Mazda 6 i automatic model come in at 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Fuel economy numbers for the V6 s models are 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.


Mazda doesn't skimp when it comes to the 6's safety either. Standard safety equipment across the board for all 2011 Mazda 6 models include traction control, stability control, antilock disc brakes (ABS), front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.


2011 Mazda 6 interior

The Mazda6's cabin is attractive, roomy and solidly constructed. The red electroluminescent gauges also add to its sporty looks, while the spacious back seat is easy on passengers, even taller ones. The seating is comfortable and supportive both front and rear with ample headroom and legroom.

In addition, the Mazda6 boasts one of the largest trunks in its class at 16.6 cubic feet, made even more accommodative by 60/40 split-folding rear seats.


The drive of the 2011 Mazda6 is certainly one of the most nimble in the family sedan segment and is aimed at shoppers who value a more engaging and capable driving experience.

That said, its athletic road manners also result in a somewhat firm ride quality. Road noise is also a little louder than most, but these drawbacks aren't likely significant enough to outweigh its pluses for those who appreciate a more advanced drive.

Most drivers will also be satisfied with the base four-cylinder engine as it is capable enough in most situations, but it is not particularly lively or inspiring, as is the V6 with its significant boost in power and wider, more-performance-friendly tires.

2011 Mazda6 Mechanical Problem Watchlist:

The 2011 Mazda6 has generally been regarded as a reliable car, but like any vehicle, there have been reported issues or common problems that some owners have experienced. Here are a few mechanical problems that have been reported and should be checked before purchase:

Transmission Issues: Some owners have reported problems with the automatic transmission, such as rough shifting or slipping.

Suspension Components: There have been reports of suspension-related problems, like worn-out struts or bushings, leading to noise or discomfort while driving.

Electrical Problems: Occasional electrical issues have been reported, such as malfunctioning dashboard lights, power window failures, or problems with the infotainment system.

Brake Problems: Some owners have reported premature wear on brake pads and rotors, requiring replacements earlier than expected.

Engine Reliability: While the engine itself is generally reliable, some owners have reported issues like oil leaks or timing chain problems.

It's important to note that these reported problems do not affect every car, and overall, the Mazda6 has a decent reputation for reliability. Regular maintenance and addressing any issues promptly may have helped prevent major problems and ensure the longevity of the vehicle.

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