2011 Dodge
Charger R/T
vs. 2011 Mazda
6 i Touring

2011 Dodge Charger R/T

9.8

starting from

$31,220

Reasons to buy the Dodge Charger R/T

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Good braking distance from 60mph
114 ft
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
13.7 s @ 102 mph
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Quite powerful
370 HP @ 5,250 RPM
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Sporty performance
11.5 lb/hp
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring

9.4

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 in the city
407 miles
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Average highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Good range on the highway
574 miles
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Average city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
Luxury Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Winner: Charger R/T
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Winner: 6 i Touring
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  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $7,790 cheaper (more than 20% less), $23,430 vs $31,220
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have spacious front seats
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.4 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Mazda
6 i Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a 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 Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Charger R/T

Cost

Mazda
6 i Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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MSRP $23,430 vs $31,220 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 16 mpg The 6 i Touring has OK city mileage, while the Charger R/T is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Mazda
6 i Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Mazda
6 i Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Charger R/T has a good number of airbags, but the 6 i Touring is just OK (missing Knee)
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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 None vs Uconnect

Performance

Mazda
6 i Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring
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Charger R/T
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 370 HP @ 5,250 RPM The Charger R/T is fairly powerful, but the 6 i Touring is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 19.6 lb/hp vs 11.5 lb/hp The Charger R/T is a sporty car, but the 6 i Touring is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The Charger R/T has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 37.7 ft The 6 i Touring is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Charger R/T is quite bad

Practicality

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6 i Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring
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Charger R/T
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 574 miles vs 478 miles The 6 i Touring has good highway range and the Charger R/T is reasonable
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Cargo space 16.6 ft3 vs 15.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.5 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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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 Not Available vs Optional The Charger R/T offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 6 i Touring
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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6 i Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring
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Charger R/T
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Charger R/T; no amount of money can buy it on the 6 i Touring

Road Tests

Mazda
6 i Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring
2011 Dodge Charger R/T Dodge
Charger R/T
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 5.4 seconds The Charger R/T can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the 6 i Touring is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 114 ft The Charger R/T has above average braking ability, but the 6 i Touring is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.0 s @ 85 mph vs 13.7 s @ 102 mph The Charger R/T's 1/4 mile time is good, but the 6 i Touring's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.81 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 155 mph

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2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 328i 6 i Touring vs 328i
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2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 550i 6 i Touring vs 550i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2012 Mazda 5 Sport 6 i Touring vs 5 Sport

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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wayne bell (4:33 AM, March 08, 2014)
I have owned the 2011 Dodge Charger and now own a Mazda 6 Sporti. I can tell you the good and the bad. Charger has more horsepower and larger front seats for larger people. Mazda 6 is more fun to drive and turns sharper and has firmer seats. The gas mileage blows the Charger away and the that is not the only reason I traded my Charger in. I want a car to last the who time I finance it. I can't trust Dodge's reputation once my factory warranty went out.