2018 Honda Accord vs Mazda6
For your commute through Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, or Galloway or even your next big road trip, you may be considering a midsize sedan. They’re practical and efficient, and the newly updated 2018 Accord and 2018 Mazda6 (the latter due out in spring 2018) are exemplars of the segment.
Our team at Boardwalk Honda has compiled this 2018 Honda Accord vs Mazda6 comparison to extend a closer look at these exciting rides. Read it and decide if one of these models is perfect for you!
Honda Accord vs Mazda6: Redesigned Models
Both the 2018 Accord and 2018 Mazda6 have gone through redesigns this year. While the Mazda6’s is a midcycle update focusing mostly on the cabin, the Accord’s is a full redesign for the 10th generation of this model.
The Mazda6 hasn’t really updated its exterior, aside from more intricate mesh. The Accord has completely redesigned and modernized its body for a more athletic and sporty stance, including a longer wheelbase and hood plus a shorter trunk.
Both cars have modernized and luxury-status interiors available, with the Mazda6 adding dark Japanese Sen wood and deep-brown leather and the Accord keeping its piano-black trim and leather seat options.
The Honda Accord and Mazda6 have similar base engines. The Accord’s turbo-4 delivers 192 horsepower, while the Mazda6’s I-4 isn’t far behind with 184 horsepower. This year, the Mazda6 adds a more powerful turbo-4 engine that delivers 227 horses on regular unleaded fuel. That’s a strong showing, but it’s still playing catchup to the Accord’s second turbo-4 with 252 horses.
The efficiency of the Accord’s base engine is truly impressive; its EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 30 city and 38 highway mpg.1 The Mazda6’s base I-4 got an estimated 26 city and 35 highway mpg last year, which won’t get you quite as far between stops at the pump. That engine carries over to this year’s model, so we expect the 2018 Mazda6’s numbers to look similar.
The 2018 Accord and Mazda6 have roomy front seats in common, with both vehicles offering more than 42 inches in legroom. No matter your height, you’ll have room to stretch your legs and keep those cramps away during long rides.
The backseat is a different story. While the Accord has 40.4 inches of legroom, last year’s Mazda6 had just 38.7 inches of legroom, and there’s no reason to think that figure won’t carry over to the new model. Full-grown adults should fit in both seats, but they’ll find more comfort (and can maybe crack open a laptop) in the back of the Accord.
2018 Honda Accord vs Mazda6: Which Will You Choose?
The midsize sedan segment has a lot of great options, and the 2018 Honda Accord vs Mazda6 comparison pits two standout models against each other. There’s a lot to recommend about both cars, but we believe drivers near Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Galloway will enjoy the full makeover, strong performance, and spacious seating of the Accord.
130 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX, EX and EX-L 1.5T trims. 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT and Touring 1.5T trims. 26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T 6MT trim. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 23 city/34 highway/27 combined mpg rating for EX-L 2.0T trim. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.