When it comes to safe and spacious family sedans, both the 2016 Mazda6 and the 2016 Honda Accord fit the bill with ample extras included. Both of these four-door sedans compete equally on the market with other similar vehicles, such as the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, and Hyundai Sonata, but how do they really stack up against each other?
Mazda has carved out a niche for itself, in terms of a cult following from many owners, because their line-up of vehicles shares in the fun driving experience of the Miata, and this is true of the Mazda6. However, Honda has a history of extremely reliable and safe vehicles that last (seemingly) forever. Let’s see what these two stylish sedans offer when it comes to the 2016 Honda Accord vs. 2016 Mazda6.
Honda’s recently redesigned 2016 Accord is no laughing matter in the design department. The body panels may not be as curvy as the Mazda6, but their straight, sharp lines draw your eye across the customize-able wheels (for additional cost). The 2016 Honda Accord looks beefier and stronger than its predecessor, ensuring you have a presence on the road! Curb weight is 3,170-lbs (for 6-speed manual LX), while wheelbase comes in at 109.3 inches and length is 192.5 inches or around 16 feet.
The 2016 Mazda6 offers the same design philosophy as the 2016 Miata, called KODO, and involves imbuing the designs with what Mazda calls the ‘Soul of Motion’. This means that the Mazda6 offers a dynamic presence with curvy body panels. The styling brings to mind flowing through traffic, not stopping in it. Curb weight for the 2016 Mazda6 is 3,179-lbs (for 6-speed manual), with a wheelbase of 111.4 inches and a total length of 191.5 inches or just shy of 16 feet.
Honda’s 2016 Accord offers seating for five with standard dual-zone climate control, manual driver and passenger seat controls, an AM/FM radio with AUX jack and MP3 capabilities, and a 4-speaker audio system, along with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming. Cloth seats are standard with leather being an optional upgrade.
The 2016 Mazda6 offers seating for five passengers with standard 6-way manual driver and passenger front seats, dual-zone climate control, an AM/FM player with AUX jack, MP3 capabilities, and 6-speakers, along with Bluetooth hands-free calling and streaming. Cloth-trimmed seats are standard, with optional leather-trimmed seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel at additional cost.
The 2016 Honda Accord LX comes with a standard 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine pumping out 185 horsepower, with more powerful engines the higher you go in the Accord model lineup. Engines can be mated to a 6-speed manual or an available Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with available paddle shifters.
Standard for all trims of the 2016 Mazda6 is a 2.5L DOHC SKYACTIV-G 4-cylinder engine creating 184 horsepower and 185-lb.ft. of torque, mated either to a sporty SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission or a SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission featuring manual shift mode.
Standard safety features for the 2016 Honda Accord include Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, Daytime running lights, multiple airbags throughout the vehicle, and anti-lock brake and electronic brake distribution systems. Automated Cruise Control, Honda Sensing, and other driver assists are additional options.
Mazda’s standard safety features include a plethora of air bags throughout the interior, dynamic stability control with traction control, 4-wheel ABS, and brake assist. Radar Cruise Control, lane departure warnings, and other driver assists are optional additions.
With a similar starting price point ($21,495 for a Mazda6* and $22,205 for the Honda Accord*), it may be difficult to choose between these two safe, spacious, and sporty 4-door sedans. The newly redesigned 2016 Honda Accord is an improvement on the previous model year, featuring a luxurious interior and great standard technology. However, if you’re looking for a tech-filled, practical sedan that feels more like Mazda’s iconic 2-door roadster, then the Mazda6 is the vehicle for you.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.