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Honda Accord vs Mazda 6 Compared

As Burnsville car dealers will note, the city’s residents favor their devotion towards mid-sized four-door vehicles. Two great choices that you might be looking at are the 2021 Honda Accord and Mazda 6.

Both offer great utility while trading in ground clearance for a lower center of gravity, adding to a more connected driving experience. So, which of these two popular sedans are the better option to take on those Twin Cities roads?

Honda AccordHonda Accord VS Mazda 6

The Honda Accord has no doubt cemented itself as one of the most common affordable family sedans around. After decades of manufacturing, Honda has gotten the Accord down to an exact science. On its tenth generation, the all-new Accord is now available with its next-gen body style looking fresher than ever seen before.

Over its five non-hybrid trims, the Honda Accord offers two engine options. The first is a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine generating 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. If you want something a little more powerful and engaging, there is also a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo option generating 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

The Honda Accord gas mileage is also a bright spot for the car. When equipped with the smaller 1.5L engine, the Honda Accord can get an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway. Moving to the larger engine, you will still get a respectable 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. For those that want to maximize their fuel efficiency, they can opt for the hybrid version of the Accord which boasts an amazing 48 mpg in both the city and on the highway.

Despite being about the same size as the Mazda 6, the Honda Accord interior room is notably larger than the Mazda 6. With more headroom, legroom, and shoulder room, the Accord has a total passenger volume of 105.6 cubic feet, compared to the 99.8 in the Mazda 6. The Accord cargo room is also larger than what is found in the Mazda 6, making storage a breeze.


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Mazda 6

The Mazda 6 is another popular family sedan, but one that hasn’t been around as long as the Accord. Released in 2012, the Mazda 6 is only on its third generation, with its last facelift in 2018.

The older technologies used to build this version can be seen in various places, such as tighter interior spaces. Since the inception of the third-generation Mazda 6 in 2018, higher strength steels have been developed, allowing automakers to use less metal overall. Even though the Mazda 6 carries almost identical exterior dimensions to the Honda Accord, its bulkier metal frame leads to a slightly more cramped interior. It’s not an unacceptably small space, but something that you might want to consider if you are trying to increase your driving comfort.

As with the Accord, the Mazda 6 comes with two engine options. The first is a 2.5L 4-cylinder making 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. A sportier version that includes a turbocharger also is available which makes 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. You won’t be setting any records at the local drag strip, but it’s enough to make driving feel less boring.

With the larger engines, the Mazda 6, unfortunately, does have worse gas mileage. The regular 2.5L engine offers a still respectable 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The turbo version drops down to 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Sadly, for those looking to save on gas expenses, Mazda does not offer a hybrid version of the Mazda 6.

Which Mid-Size Car is More Affordable?

The Honda Accord price does not differ too much from the Mazda 6 price. Both of the lowest trims start in the mid-$20,000 range with their top trims going up to the mid-$30,000s. While the Mazda 6 is ever so slightly cheaper, you might find that the comparable Honda Accord has slightly more standard features such as integrated Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Regardless, there is no clear winner in terms of pricing between the two.

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Accord vs 6: Features and SafetyHonda Accord VS Mazda 6

With both cars occupying the same vehicle segment and price range, it’s no surprise that they offer a comparable feature set as well. Both vehicles hold an 8-inch touch-screen center display, giving you access to most of the car’s functions.

As for software and ease of use, the Mazda infotainment system needs an update while the Accord’s system can be seen as more intuitive. A wireless phone charger is also a notable absence from the Mazda 6 interior.

While both offer keyless entry, the Honda Accord comes with HondaLink, Honda’s Phone As A Key app. The app allows for checking the status of the car, as well as locking and unlocking it.

In terms of safety features, both models come with a comprehensive suite of standards. Honda dubs their system “Honda Sensing” as it houses multiple safety protocols:


Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) – CMBS can help bring your Honda to a stop by automatically applying brake pressure when the system determines that a frontal collision is unavoidable.

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) – RDM can determine if you cross over detected lanes without signaling, can provide steering assistance to help you return to your lane, or provide braking to help you keep from leaving the roadway entirely.

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) – With your hands on the steering wheel, long highway drives are easier with LKAS, which subtly adjusts steering to help keep the vehicle centered in a detected lane.


Both the Honda Accord and Mazda 6 have proven to be safe cars, but the Honda Accord manages to slightly edge out the Mazda 6. In IIHS testing, the two matched in every test except the Frontal Pedestrian Collision test. There, the Honda Accord bested the Mazda 6.

The NHTSA awarded the Honda Accord five stars in all of its tests. The Mazda 6 however, scored four stars in the Front Passenger Side collision and the Rollover. The Mazda 6 is still a safe car, but just not as safe as the Honda Accord.


Reliability is no issue for either of the cars. Both models have been built after decades of iterations and improvements upon their foundations. Both Honda and Mazda score in the top 5 in Consumer Report’s Most Reliable Brand rankings.

Both models come with a 3yr/36,000-year limited warranty as well as a 5yr/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.


Test Drive

Should you pick the Honda Accord or Mazda 6? As the Honda vs Mazda debate continues, the two are no doubt, close competitors. The Honda Accord does seem to edge out the Mazda 6 in terms of space, safety, and overall more up-to-date features. But you won’t really know what’s right for you until you can test drive a Honda Accord for yourself.

Whenever you’re ready, please stop by your local Honda dealership, Walser Honda in Burnsville, to have our knowledgeable sales associates help you make your next purchase decision.

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