2017 Honda Accord vs Mazda 6

When you're comparing the 2017 Honda Accord and the Mazda 6 you're really getting to the pinnacle of the midsize sedan segment. While the Accord has made its mark through massive sales figures over decades, the more recent versions of the Mazda have been the recipients of huge critical acclaim. So which is the better buy? Let's take a closer look to find out.

2017 Honda Accord vs Mazda 6

Styling

The Accord has matured over the years like a fine wine. It's never been the most controversial model, but it's never been bland or boring either. The latest version is sharp, modern, and just sporty enough to broaden its appeal without alienating the traditional customer base. It's not a jaw-dropper, but it's definitely handsome, fresh, and totally recognizable.

Since the current Mazda 6 debuted back in 2013, the manufacturer has resisted doing much with the way the car looks. In fact, there's no reason why they should as it was then and is now one of the best-looking cars in its segment. Its sportier look may not appeal to all drivers the way the Accord does, so we'll give the nod to the Honda. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with either of these fine looking vehicles.

Interior

The current Accord is a little smaller than its predecessor, but some clever packaging makes the interior feel as though it's actually bigger than it was. This is one of the quietest, most refined and comfortable interiors in its class, and it could easily pass for an interior from a luxury brand. There's an impressive 15.8 cu.-ft. of cargo volume in the trunk, and there's no restriction of headroom in the back as you find with rival sedans with more sloping rooflines.

The interior wasn't the strong point of the Mazda 6 at launch, but the manufacturer has worked hard to improve it considerably over time. There's not as much room for cargo or passengers in the Mazda as there is in the Honda though, and recent efforts to deaden the sound haven't yet been a total success. This has to be a notable victory for the Honda Accord.

Performance

The Accord Sedan offers a choice of two engines. The standard unit is a 185 horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder that comes mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT transmission. It's a more than capable performer, but there's also a 278 horsepower V-6 available for those wanting more power.

Mazda concentrates more on the drive handling of the Mazda 6 than raw power as the only engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 184 horsepower that can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The Mazda drives brilliantly, but the lack of a more powerful alternative gives this round to the Honda too.

Fuel Economy

Even the V-6 in the Accord is pretty good on gas, but obviously the four-pot is the fuel-economy champion. Even without looking to the hybrid, the Accord is rated among the best in its class with revised EPA figures of 27 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined with the CVT.

However, when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, the Mazda 6 really does impress with EPA-estimated ratings as good as 26 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined. It therefore takes the crown here for fuel-efficiency.

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2017 Honda Accord vs Mazda 6

It's hard not to like the Mazda 6, and the Japanese automaker deserves a lot of credit for how it's transformed the car in recent times. But a car doesn't gain the longevity and massive sales figures the Accord has racked up without being pretty special. On the whole, the 2017 Honda Accord edges out its competition here.

*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.