2018 Mazda6 vs 2018 Honda Accord Comparison
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The 2018 Mazda6 is Mazda’s entry in the midsize sedan class, and by all accounts, it has been a hit at the Tempe Mazda dealer and dealerships throughout the country. This is one of best-looking vehicles in its class. Mazda revised the 6 this year, bestowing it with higher-quality materials, more technology features and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The Honda Accord is a competing midsize sedan that also saw a revision for 2018. The Accord is now shorter, wider and lighter than last year’s model. We’ll examine both the 2018 Mazda6 and the 2018 Honda Accord to discover which of these sedans comes out on top. If you’re thinking about buying either of these two models, you’ll want to read on.

 

Price

To compare the price of the Mazda6 and the Accord, we’ll use the MSRP. There are other factors that contribute to a vehicle’s total cost, such as destination charges, but the MSRP gives us a good reference point. With a starting MSRP of $21,950, the 2018 Mazda6 is less expensive than the 2018 Honda Accord, which starts at $23,570. This is a difference of $1,620. When you buy the Honda Accord, you’ll have to dig a little deeper into your pocket.

Powertrain

Like the Mazda6, the Accord has two engines to choose from. The more powerful of the Mazda6’s two engines is a new Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s good for 250 horses and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. At the top of the Accord’s engine lineup is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger that generates 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. While the Accord beats out the Mazda6 by 2 horsepower, the important number here is the amount of torque each engine develops, because torque is the measurement of the force created by the engine that’s available to spin the wheels. As you can see, the Mazda6 is the winner here, with 37 more lb.-ft. of torque to power the wheels than the Accord. The icing on the cake? The 6’s turbocharged engine includes cylinder deactivation, a feature you won’t find on either of the Accord’s engines.

Dimensions

While both sedans are about the same length, the 2018 Honda Accord is a little wider than the 2018 Mazda6. This means that getting in and out of the Mazda6 in a tight parking space should be easier than in the Honda.

Handling

The Honda Accord’s larger turning ratio means it’s less maneuverable than the Mazda6 when driving around tight spots.

Interior

The Mazda6’s 2018 update sees the interior taken to the next level in terms of luxury and sophistication. High-quality materials are used throughout the cabin, and it’s evident. Honda also gave the Accord a facelift for 2018, and while the model does look a bit more upmarket, it simply doesn’t rise to the high level of refinement you’ll find in the Mazda6.

In the End

It would be easy to assume that the 2018 Mazda6 and the 2018 Honda Accord are equals on the playing field, but a careful examination reveals the truth: The Mazda6 is the better of the two vehicles. We recommend it wholeheartedly.