2011 BMW
550i
vs. 2011 Mazda
6 i Touring

2011 BMW 550i

10.0

Winner

BMW 550i

starting from

$61,075
"The 5′s interior was about as you’d expect from a BMW – meaning not one material was short of top notch and each seat was a pleasant place in which to spend some time."
leftlanenews.com | talking about the 5 Series's interior quality
"Undeniably modern, it nonetheless took us back to the E39-era 5-Series (think 1996 through 2003), a crisp but sleek interpretation of a four-door BMW."
leftlanenews.com | talking about the 5 Series's external styling

Reasons to buy the BMW 550i

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
13.3 s s @ 106.9 mph mph
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Quite powerful
400 HP @ 5,500 RPM
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Good braking distance from 60mph
116 ft
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring

9.0

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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Good range on the highway
574 miles
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Average highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Good range in the city
407 miles
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Average city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 BMW 550i Winner: 550i
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  • Almost the same
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 BMW 550i Winner: 550i
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  • The 550i has 6 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 6
  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
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Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance - vs 10.0
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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550i
2011 BMW 550i
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6 i Touring
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 550i's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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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 550i; the 6 i Touring only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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550i
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6 i Touring
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Number of speakers 12 vs 6 The 550i has an extraordinary amount of 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 550i, 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 Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the 550i; but it's not available at all on the 6 i Touring

Cost

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550i
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MSRP $61,075 vs $23,430 The 6 i Touring has a reasonable price, while the 550i is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 22 mpg The 6 i Touring has OK city mileage, while the 550i is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The 550i'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 550i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the 6 i Touring's is very short

Safety Features

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550i
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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

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550i
2011 BMW 550i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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550i
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2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Horsepower 400 HP @ 5,500 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The 550i is very powerful, 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 550i'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 Twin turbocharger vs None The 550i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 10.9 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp The 550i is a sporty car, but the 6 i Touring is sluggish
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The 550i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 35.4 ft

Practicality

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550i
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6 i Touring
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 407 miles vs 574 miles The 6 i Touring has great highway range, but the 550i is very limited
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Cargo space Unknown vs 16.6 ft3
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front seats Unknown vs 55.5 ft3
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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 550i
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the 6 i Touring, but the 550i's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The 6 i Touring has a good number of cupholders, but the 550i is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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550i
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6 i Touring
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0-60 mph 4.8 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The 550i can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the 6 i Touring is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 116 ft vs 139 ft The 550i has above average braking ability, but the 6 i Touring is quite bad
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1/4 mile 13.3 s s @ 106.9 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 85.0 mph mph The 550i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, but the 6 i Touring's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Lexus IS 250 6 i Touring vs IS 250

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