2011 BMW
328i
vs. 2011 Mazda
6 i Touring

2011 BMW 328i

10.0

Winner

BMW 328i

starting from

$35,475
"Delivers a lot of style and performance at the entry level luxury price point of $36,575 for the model we tested."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's value
"The manual 6-speed combined with a 3.0-liter 230 horsepower, DOHC inline 24-valve 6-cylinder engine produced both power and efficiency"
bullz-eye.com | talking about the 3 Series's transmission

Reasons to buy the BMW 328i

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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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OK performance
14.6 lb/hp
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Leather
Standard
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring

9.5

Runner-up

Mazda 6 i Touring

starting from

$23,430
"Sporty driving dynamics."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's handling
"Big trunk."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's storage

Reasons to buy the Mazda 6 i Touring

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Good range in the city
407 miles
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Good range on the highway
574 miles
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Power outlets
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • Almost the same
  • The 328i has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Performance 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • The 328i's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.6 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp
  • Rear-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
  • Around 40% more powerful, 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Practicality 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Winner: 6 i Touring
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  • Almost the same
  • A single tank lasts around 30% longer, 574 miles vs 451 miles
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 55.5 ft3 vs 51.2 ft3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 BMW 328i Winner: 328i
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.5

Luxury Features

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Optional vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the 6 i Touring's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the 328i
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the 328i; the 6 i Touring only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The 328i has more speakers, but the 6 i Touring has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the 328i, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Horsepower 230 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The 328i is of average power, but the 6 i Touring is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the 6 i Touring's semi-automatic transmission and the 328i's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 14.6 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp The 328i has OK performance while the 6 i Touring gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The 328i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.1 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 451 miles vs 574 miles The 6 i Touring has good highway range and the 328i is reasonable
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Cargo space 12.0 ft3 vs 16.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.2 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 The 6 i Touring has roomy front seats, but the 328i is very cramped
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the 6 i Touring is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the 328i
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The 6 i Touring's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the 328i
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The 328i offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 6 i Touring
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The 6 i Touring has a good number of cupholders, but the 328i is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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MSRP $35,475 vs $23,430 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 22 mpg The 6 i Touring has OK city mileage, while the 328i is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The 328i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the 6 i Touring's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The 328i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 6 i Touring's is very short

Safety Features

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system BMW Assist vs None

Crash Test Ratings

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The 6 i Touring is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the 328i
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

BMW
328i
2011 BMW 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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0-60 mph 6.9 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The 328i's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the 6 i Touring is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 130 ft vs 139 ft The 328i's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the 6 i Touring is quite bad
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1/4 mile 15.3 s s @ 95.0 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 85.0 mph mph The 328i's 1/4 mile time is average, but the 6 i Touring's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.88 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 BMW 328i 2011 Honda Accord EX-L 328i vs Accord EX-L
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2011 BMW 328i 2011 Toyota Camry XLE 328i vs Camry XLE
2011 BMW 335i 2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 335i vs G37 Sport
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Audi A4 Premium 6 i Touring vs A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Nissan Maxima SV 6 i Touring vs Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2012 Honda Civic Si 6 i Touring vs Civic Si
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 550i 6 i Touring vs 550i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Lexus IS 250 6 i Touring vs IS 250

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