The Mazda6 was updated for 2018.
The Honda Accord was all new for 2018.
Both vehicles are leaders in the competitive midsize sedan segment.
Two of the most compelling midsize sedans on the market today are the 2019 Honda Accord and the Mazda6. Both offer quality, performance and refinement that position them at the top of the segment. Below we’ll take a look at the two side by side to try to determine which is better.
The 2019 Honda Accord comes with two traditional powertrain options, along with a hybrid variant. The entry level engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Higher-end models come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Both the 1.5T and 2.0T are available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Opt for an automatic and the 1.5T uses CVT, while the 2.0T gets a 10-speed. With the automatic transmissions, the 1.5T Accord earns 33 miles per gallon in combined driving, while the 2.0T earns 27 mpg combined.
The Accord Hybrid is pretty much a carry-over from the previous-gen model. Combined output is 212 hp. The Accord Hybrid earns an impressive 49 mpg combined. For the hybrid, buyers will pay about a $1,600 premium.
The 2019 Honda Accord starts at $23,720 and approaches $37,000 in fully-loaded Touring trim. See the 2019 Honda Accord models for sale near you
The current-generation Mazda6 was introduced way back in 2014, but received an update for the 2018 model year, and remains remarkably competitive despite being a few years older than the competition. This is in part thanks to the vehicle’s tasteful exterior and interior styling, along with small updates over the years that have kept it fresh.
New features added for 2018 include a 360-degree camera and ventilated front seats. The big news though was the addition of a new 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine putting out 250 hp and a respectable 310 lb-ft of torque, and mated exclusively to a 6-speed automatic. This new engine allows the Mazda6 to compete with the more potent variants of competitors including the Accord 2.0T and the Toyota Camry with the V6 engine. With the new turbo, the Mazda6 earns 23 mpg city/31 mpg hwy/26 mpg combined. Lower trim levels still come equipped with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, good for 26 mpg city/35 mpg hwy//29 mpg combined when paired with the 6-speed automatic. A 6-speed manual is also available, but only for the base engine. See the 2019 Mazda6 models for sale near you
The Honda Accord and the 2019 Mazda6 share similar dimensions. The 2019 Honda Accord is 192.1 inches long, 73.2 inches wide and 57.1 inches tall, while the Mazda6 is 191.5 inches long, 72.4 inches wide and 57.1 inches tall.
Inside, the Accord is slightly bigger than the Mazda6, especially aft of the front seats. Up front, the Accord has 39.5 of headroom and 42.3 inches of legroom. Back seat passengers are offered 37.3 inches of headroom and 40.4 inches of legroom.
The Mazda6 is slightly tighter all around, as 38.4 inches of headroom and 42.2 inches of legroom are offered up front, while the 37.1 inches of headroom and 38.7 inches of legroom are offered in the second row.
The Accord offers 17 cu ft. of trunk space while the Mazda6 offers 15 cu ft.
While the Accord’s interior is a newer design than that of the Mazda6’s, the Mazda6 offers design elements and quality on par with many luxury vehicles.
Both vehicles feature a similar dashboard layout. At the center is a standard floating infotainment display with HVAC vents positioned underneath. Both vehicles still use a traditional gear shifter, and offer an available digital component to their gauge clusters. Additionally, a horizontal bar runs the width of the dash of both vehicles. That said, the Mazda’s dash is more elegant in execution, in line with the vehicle’s upmarket positioning. While higher end Accords employ cheap looking wood trim, the Mazda6 Signature uses a unique modern-looking wood along with suede, giving the vehicle a premium feel all around. Additionally, while the Accord offers perforated leather, the Mazda6 Signature offers high-end brown Nappa leather with contrast stitching. The leather extends onto the center console, and onto the door panels.
Technology & Infotainment
Starting with the Sport model, the 2019 Accord comes with an 8-in center-mounted infotainment screen. While Honda’s infotainment units were criticized in years past for relying on a touch bar for volume adjustment, rest assured that the 2019 Accord offers a physical volume knob. Additionaly, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available, again starting with the Sport model. The Accord offers two 12-volt outlets and two USB ports.
As part of its 2018 refresh, the Mazda6 gained a new and improved 8-in center infotainment screen. A console mounted dial is used for controlling the screen, although the screen does offer touch functionality, but it only works when the vehicle is stopped. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are offered. The Mazda6 comes with two 12-volt outlets and three USB ports.
While the Mazda offers a Bose sound system, the Accord doesn’t offer branded premium audio.
Both the Honda Accord and the Mazda 6 have been awarded Top Safety Pick designations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning top scores across the board in all major crash test categories.
In terms of driver-assistance safety features, the Accord comes standard with adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, front automated emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors are offered starting with the EX trim.
The Mazda 6 comes standard with an array of features as well, including forward-collision warning, front automated emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and traffic sign recognition are added as part of what Mazda calls the i-ActiveSense suite.
The 2019 Accord comes standard with automatic climate control and a capless fuel filter. Also available are a head up display, heated and cooled front seats, as well as heated rear seats. Tech features include an available wireless charging pad and Wi-Fi hot spot capability.
While the Mazda too offers an available head up display, heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats, it ups the ante by offering an available heated steering wheel and a 360-degree surround view camera.
Honda and Mazda both consistently score above the industry average with regard to overall dependability, and buyers of either the Accord or Mazda6 should see good reliability from their vehicles. Both brands offer a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The 2018 Accord starts at $23,720 and tops out at close to $37,000, while the 2018 Mazda6 costs between $23,000 and $34,750. On paper, it would appear that these two are evenly matched, but the Mazda6 offers an incredible value in the form of its overall quality and refinement. It can’t be stated enough — the Mazda6 offers a near-luxury experience, on par with vehicles costing $10,000 more. It’s really that good. Previously, the drawback of the Mazda6 was that it was only available with a humble 184 hp engine. This problem was rectified in 2018 with the addition of the new turbocharged 4-cylinder making 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, making the Mazda an even more compelling option. Don’t get us wrong, the Accord is an excellent vehicle, offering excellent style, practicality and reliability, and you probably won’t regret it if you buy one. That said, anyone looking for a new midsize sedan should start by taking a Mazda6 for a test drive, as it’s probably the best vehicle in the segment, and presents an exceptional value. Find a Honda Accord for sale or Find a Mazda6 for sale