The 2016 Mazda6 vs. the 2016 Honda Accord near Sacramento, CA
The Mazda6 beats the Honda Accord By A Hair
Whether you win by a hair or by a mile doesn’t change the fact that you won. The 2016 Mazda6 vs. the 2016 Honda Accord near Sacramento, CA, ends up being a perilously close battle, but the fact of the matter is that the Mazda6 matches or beats the Honda Accord in every category – especially in being the sportiest mid-size sedan available.
Both the Mazda6 and the Honda Accord are offered in a V4 engine, the Mazda6 a 2.5-liter and the Accord a 2.4-liter. The Mazda6 has a leg up when it comes to the engine, though, clocking in at 184 horsepower and 185 lbs.-ft. of torque. The Accord gets close at 185 horsepower and 181 lbs.-ft. of torque, but can’t overpower the Mazda6. More torque equals faster acceleration, so it comes as no surprise that the Mazda6 can get from 0-60 MPH in a speedy 7.6 seconds and the Accord can do the same in 7.8 seconds1. Close, but no cigar.
The Mazda6 beats the Honda Accord when it comes to fuel economy, too, especially with Mazda being so pro-active about reducing emissions. With i-ELOOP2 on the Mazda6, which reuses the energy exerted to brake and re-purposes it towards what we all find the most fun – getting moving again. Reusing that energy improves the fuel economy is mostly what it comes down to. When it comes to numbers, the Mazda6 gets 32 MPG combined3, which breaks down to 28 MPG in the city3 and 40 MPG on the highway3. The Honda Accord takes second place with 31 MPG combined3, breaking down to 27/37 MPG3 city/hwy. If you’re primary a highway driver, this battle between the 2016 Mazda6 vs. the 2016 Honda Accord for sale near Sacramento, CA, can come to a close, because at 40 MPG on the highway3 on the Mazda6, you aren’t going to get any better than that.
Safety can be a deal-breaker on vehicles when it’s inadequate. Both the Mazda6 and the Honda Accord received 5-star overall ratings in government crash tests and ratings of “good” from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety when it comes to moderate-overlap and small-overlap frontal impact tests, side-impact, roof-strength, and in whiplash protection tests. Where they stand apart is in the tech-based safety features, where the Mazda6 shines like the champion it is. The Mazda6 comes with head-up display to help keep the driver’s eyes on the road and it also comes with a Radar Cruise Control System which trumps the Accord’s Adaptive Cruise Control, which can be too quick to hit the brakes and doesn’t return to the indicated speed quickly4. There’s also some caution when it comes to the Accord’s forward mitigation system, which has a tendency to be spastic and frequently insists upon the driver braking when it's unnecessary4. Shutting it off due to annoyance defeats the purpose of the safety feature, doesn’t it?
When it comes down to it, the 2016 Mazda6 vs. the 2016 Honda Accord near Sacramento, CA, is a close call but, at the end of the day, the Mazda6 has better fuel economy, better tech-based safety features, and more lbs.-ft. of torque for better acceleration. Stop in to Mazda of Elk Grove and experience it all for yourself!
1. Information courtesy of Edmunds.com.
2. This innovative system works automatically to maximize your opportunity to use your high beams and, on the flip side, dim your lights when it detects approaching vehicles or vehicles in front of you in your lane.
3. EPA-estimated. Actual mileage may vary.
4. Opinion courtesy of Edmunds.com.