The manual transmission has been dropped from the Mazda6 for 2019.
The Camry has a brawny V6 and an efficient hybrid option available.
Despite the rise of popularity in crossover SUVs, midsize sedans are still one of the most competitive segments in the automotive world. Two heavy hitters in this segment are the stalwart Toyota Camry and the enthusiast favorite Mazda6.
Let’s take a look at the differences and similarities between these two sedans and see which is better.
Neither of these sedans can be accused of looking boring. The Camry and the Mazda6 all have bold, athletic exteriors that hint at the surprisingly good performance that can be enjoyed from behind the wheel. The Mazda6 has a premium look to it that will make your neighbors think you spent more on it than you did and the Camry has a similarly upscale look, especially in the higher trims. See the 2020 Mazda6 models for sale near you
These two sedans have identical exterior dimensions putting them squarely in the midsize sedan class. They’ll take up the same amount of space in your garage and they’re about the same in terms of maneuverability. Which one is better looking is up to you, but the Camry has a little bit more visual variety within its model range than its Mazda counterpart. See the 2020 Toyota Camry models for sale near you
Identical exterior dimensions equate to very similar interior dimensions for these two sedans. They both have enough room for kids and average-sized adults in the back and roomy, comfortable front seats. They also both use surprisingly premium materials throughout their interiors giving them an upscale feel.
Much like the exterior, which interior is nicer between these two sedans is up to you and we recommend sitting in both before making a buying decision between the two.
The Camry has three different engine options and the Mazda6 has two. Both come exclusively with front-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.
2019 Toyota Camry Engines
2.5-liter inline-four; 203 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque; up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 41 mpg on the highway
3.5-liter V6; 301 hp, 267 lb-ft of torque; 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy
2.5-liter hybrid inline-four; 208 hp; up to 51 city/53 mpg hwy
2019 Mazda6 Engines
- 2.5-liter inline-four; 187 hp, 186 lb-ft of torque; 26 mpg city/35 mpg hwy
- 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four; 250 hp, 310 lb-ft of torque; 23 mpg city/31 mpg hwy
If you’re shopping for a lower-priced model with the base engine, then the Camry handily beats the Mazda6 in terms of both performance and fuel economy. Despite both coming standard with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four, the Toyota manages to squeeze out more horsepower more efficiently.
If you’re shopping for a sportier engine, then which is better depends on if you prefer a turbo-four or a good old fashioned V6. The V6 has more power and the turbo delivers more torque and both are worth taking for a spin. They return very similar fuel economy numbers, so which brand of midsize sedan performance is better is pretty subjective.
One thing the Camry offers that the Mazda6 doesn’t is a hybrid option. The Camry Hybrid returns incredible fuel economy numbers of over 50 mpg both in the city and on the highway while delivering performance that is similar to the base Camry engine. This is a must-test-drive for anyone looking to get 50+ mpg and it’s something that Mazda simply can’t compete with.
It’s worth noting that the Mazda6 used to be one of the only midsize sedans to offer a manual transmission, but that option has been dropped for 2019 and it’s now automatic-only.
While the Camry has a good, user-friendly infotainment system that now comes standard with Apple CarPlay, one of the car’s few downfalls is that Android Auto is not an option at any trim level. On the other hand, the 2019 Mazda6 is newly available with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If you really want Android Auto in your next car, then the Mazda6 is worth a closer look than the Camry.
As for standard safety and driver assistance tech, the Camry is almost unmatched in this segment. Every 2019 Camry comes standard with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, pedestrian detection and automatic high beams. The Mazda6 gets more standard safety features for 2019, which include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. Available tech in both cars includes a 360-degree camera and a head-up display.
The 2019 Camry has a starting MSRP of $24,095 and the Mazda6 starts at $23,800. On the high-end, both cars get into the mid-$30k range and they’re pretty similarly priced when similarly equipped.
These two midsize sedans are pretty similar for 2019 and it’s tough to declare a clear winner. They have similarly nice interiors, generous standard safety tech and pricing is about the same. However, the Camry has a better base engine and an outstanding hybrid option, which is absent in the model range of the Mazda6. For those reasons, the Camry has a slight edge over the Mazda6. Find a Toyota Camry for sale or Find a Mazda6 for sale