2011 Mazda 6 iTouring from North America


Do not buy, run the other way!


The car makes an awful creaking noise when you get out of it.

Front passenger seat squeaks and drives me nuts.

When you fill the gas tank, you can feel the thumping of the gas slopping around, until it gets below 3/4 of a tank.

General Comments:

I owned a 2008 and loved it, had 110,000 when I traded it for my 2011, and have regretted buying the 2011 every day for the past 20 months. The 2011 is made cheaper, lots of road noise and a wind blowing in your ear sound when driving down the road. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it, and I'm so upside down I'm stuck with it.

Lesson learned... I will never buy another Mazda, ever!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th June, 2013

30th Jun 2013, 04:52

Wow, this is harsh for a car with 50000 trouble free miles (yes, I say trouble free because the things you mention are not faults at all, just below average build quality). Maybe we should stay away from cars such as early model Kia Carnivals, as by this mileage (50000) they would have already required 2 head gasket replacements. Much more major than a few squeaks and the sound of fuel swooshing in the tank!!

1st Jul 2013, 15:33

I agree with the first commenter. If the door was slammed really hard for a long time and the passenger seat was jacked around with moving back and forth, they'll break down in any car.

Gas doesn't slosh around. Must be a drink in the back seat or something.

1st Jul 2013, 18:22

It would seem appropriate that if you were buying an updated model, that a test drive would have helped determine if the vehicle was up to expectations. So in the case of minor squeaks and road noise, it would have been obvious that this car was not for you. So the fault lies clearly with the buyer.

Mazda seems to use urethane bushings for the suspension. Makes the car handle better. But the bushings do need to be lubricated on occasion. My experience has been that Mazda service has been more than willing to address this within the warranty period. After that, they may charge for the service.

2011 Mazda 6 Touring 2.0 petrol from Finland


Very glad to own one!


Bought in October 2011, and so far nothing at all.

General Comments:

This is now my third Mazda 6 in a row (getting boring, what? No!), and each one gets better; a rare feat.

Reliability has been stellar with all of them. I've read a lot of complaints about diesel engined versions, but the petrol is faultless. Fuel economy is impressive for a large, elegant & practical car. Has gone as low as 6.6l/100km on trips, and 7.2 is easy with fast driving.

The new model certainly has more pliant suspension. Would not go higher than 17" wheels though on any car. It is quiet and very agile to drive; exciting even. The steering wheel functions have been improved, and this is welcome for the driver.

Been on a long trip to Britain and back, and the car was very comfortable; it's an immense load carrier with the seats down flat, so was simple to do.

Criticisms? Really only one, the fuel computer has no time elapsed function.

This car really pleases the driver and passengers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2012

2011 Mazda 6 GH Series 2 Touring 5-dr Hatch 2.5L 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Practical, fun, well-equipped


No faults to date, 6 months in.

General Comments:

Excellent mid-sized saloon with some sporty flair. Performance is adequate and the chassis can easily handle more power. Decent grunt on tap if required for overtaking. Could use a better engine noise, and the auto box could be smarter with an extra gear.

Handling is a strong point - hugs the floor, excellent body control and light direct steering. Setup is sporty overall.

Comfort - Interior is well appointed and the seats are comfortable. Road noise below peers, but doesn't bother me so much, far from unbearable. Interior is spacious, and the hatchback boot swallows most things with ease!

Value - Touring model is exceptional value. Leather, Bluetooth, power seats, front and rear sensors, auto lights for $34k drive away.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2012