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2018 Honda Accord

Starting Price: $24,465 | Price yours

Above Average: Driving refinement, cutting-edge tech, reliability resale value

Below Average: Not much

Consensus: The most advanced, most recommendable midsize sedan in the country

 

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2018 Mazda Mazda6

Starting Price: $23,890 (w/6AT) | Price yours

Above Average: Sleek styling, stunning interior, impressive ride and handling, new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, precise steering

Below Average: Small trunk and somewhat cramped rear seat, manual only offered on base model, no hybrid version

Consensus: An affordable midsize sedan that looks and drives like a high-priced luxury performance car

 

The Honda Accord is one of the most popular and trusted names in the industry, and for good reason. With excellent reliability and resale figures, a stylish exterior and a roomy cabin, the Accord offers just about everything a family needs. However, the Mazda6 has a few aces up its sleeve, namely a new 250-hp turbocharged engine option, a stunningly elegant and feature-rich interior, and perhaps the best handling ability of any midsize family sedan. Audiophiles will love the Mazda6’s Bose audio option, but the Accord offers features not available on the Mazda such as a pinch and swipe display touchscreen. The Accord also offers more standard driver assist features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist, which helps explain its winning KBB’s Midsize Car Best Buy of 2018 and Overall Best Buy of 2018 awards.

 

Similarities

Excellent fit and finish, a comfortable ride and good fuel economy are shared traits of the Mazda 6 and Honda Accord

 

Honda Accord Advantages

Easy-to-use tech, refined upscale interior, driving satisfaction, high-mileage hybrid 

 

Mazda6 Advantages

Sleek styling, excellent ride and handling, communicative steering, elegant interior

 

Final Recommendation

If you’re seeking a roomy, comfortable and dependable midsize sedan with the best fuel economy, best resale and latest driver safety features as standard, the Honda Accord stands out above all others. The Mazda6, however, is a car you won’t see parked in every other driveway, and its impressive handling abilities make it one of the most enjoyable sedans to drive at any price.

  2018 Honda Accord 2018 Mazda Mazda6
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter turbo I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 192 hp @ 5,500 rpm 187 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic, 6-spd
Fuel Economy 33 mpg (30 city/38 hwy) 29 mpg (26 city/35 hwy)
Also Available 2.0L turbo I4, hybrid 2.5L turbo I4, 6-spd MT
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.4 inches 111.4 inches
Overall Length 192.2 inches 192.7 inches
Width 73.3 inches 72.4 inches
Height 57.1 inches 57.1 inches
Turning Diameter 38.1 feet 36.7 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 38.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 37.1 inches
Legroom, Front 42.3 inches 42.2 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.4 inches 38.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.3 inches 55.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.5 inches 55.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.6 cu. ft. 99.7 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.7 cu. ft. 14.7 cu. ft.
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