Archive for November, 2011

2011 Mazda 6

For about four days I rented a car because my car was in the body shop. My car was hit by another car in the parking garage of the college that I attend. The other driver’s insurance paid for the damages and for the rental that I had. The rental car was a hertz rental, and was a 2011 Mazda 6 i Sport in Sangria Red Mica with a black cloth interior. It’s the base model of the Mazda 6 and i believe that the chassis code is GH. The engine was a 2.5 liter, 16 valve inline 4 cylinder engine that produced 170 horsepower @ 6000 rpm, and 167 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm. This car was pretty cool. My favorite thing about it was the exterior color. The four days I had the car I put almost 200 additional miles on it, and I enjoyed driving it. A good feature on this car was the 5 speed automatic transmission with manual mode. Sometimes I drove it like an automatic, and other times I drove it in the manual mode; however, I thought that shifting from first to second in manual mode was somewhat rough. In my opinion, you’re probably better off starting from second gear after coming to a complete stop. Remember that when you come to a complete stop that the transmission will automatically shift itself into first, so shift to second before taking off. Another thing about the manual mode that could have been better is if the plus and minus were in different positions. In the Mazda it was like you shift down to shift up, and shift up to shift down. That’s just my personal preference. Other pros of the Mazda 6 is the gas mileage (EPA rated 22 city, 31 highway), interior space, good handling, and the powerful ice cold air conditioning system. The biggest con with the Mazda 6 is visibility when driving in reverse. It’s the same with changing lanes to the left. I think it has to do with the tall headrest, which I didn’t care for. It was also hard and stiff when you put your head back on it. I also thought that the speakers weren’t the clearest either, but that could also be because I’m so used to the Bose sound system in my car. The Mazda’s acceleration wasn’t the quickest, but since it’s a four cylinder, what do you expect? Other needs for improvement is a higher armrest for the center console and controls that are easier to reach for the A/C and the radio. Other than those cons the Mazda 6 was a good car. I would consider it to be sportier looking than the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and maybe even the Nissan Altima. I wasn’t quite expecting my rental car to be that good looking and that roomy. It even greets you when you start it by saying hello on the dash and when shutting it off it says goodbye! I even thought to myself what I’d do if I bought the car from the rental company. I would have tinted the windows and put on some black alloy wheels to replace the steel wheels and hubcaps. The black rims would make the car look much sportier in my opinion. When my car was done being worked on I had to return the Mazda, not that I wanted to keep it longer. Overall, I would say that the 2011 Mazda 6 i Sport is very sleek for a family sedan. If you want a sedan that’s not boring or plain, but not too pricy, the Mazda 6 would be a very good choice.