When you are out to buy a midsize sedan with a score of features to choose from and narrow down to the closest competitors, the 2018 Honda Accord and 2018 Mazda 6, you are faced with the difficult choice to make from a wide selection of features from performance, safety, comfort and from multiple engine options to transmission types these two automakers throw at you.
If we do a 2018 Mazda6 vs 2018 Honda Accord Comparison, we can see that both the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Mazda 6 offer two 4-cylinder engine options. The Sport trim of the Accord comes with a 1.5/2.0-Liter, 3rd-Gen, 2-Motor Hybrid Powertrain while the base trim of the Mazda 6 (Sport) is fitted with the 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT. While the Mazda 6’s dispenses 187 base horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and a torque of 185 Lb-ft, the Honda’s 2.0-Liter metes out 192 base horsepower and 192 Lb-ft of torque. Again, considering the max engine performance, the Accord stands slightly higher with 252 horsepower and an output of 273 Lb-ft torque whereas the Mazda 6 is only ridges on 250 horsepower and a massive torque output of 310 Lb-ft.
Drivetrain and Transmission
The Mazda 6 standard (Sport) trim comes with at Front-wheel drive (FWD) type drivetrain and 6-speed manual or 6-speed Automatic transmission with manual shift and sport mode. The similar variant from Accord, the Sport trim comes with 6-speed manual transmission as a standard offering and a 10-speed automatic transmission is available optionally on the 2.0 powertrain which also has a paddle shifter option for those wanting to play with manual shifting occasionally.
Going under the hood, with Mazda adding the turbocharged engine for a change and setting some ideal test conditions, the Mazda 6 clocked 0-60 mph in about 7.8 seconds. In comparison, the Honda Aspire with its 2.0-Liter turbocharged engine was able to hit 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds which is a good 2 seconds short of the Mazda, making it the top choice for speed among these closely matched sedans. The considerable vibrations that could occur at top speeds in the Mazda are taken care of by the cylinder deactivation feature that balances out the vibrations occurring when running on dual cylinders and an improved chassis and suspension.
In a 2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Mazda6 Comparison, the Sport trim in the Mazda 6 comes with 4-wheel disc, diagonal hydraulic brakes whereas the similar trim in the Honda Accord is paired with the 12.3-in vented disc; 11.1-in disc, ABS. The brake operates smoothly in the Mazda 6 with no other associated feedback with ok stopping distance of 175 feet at 70 mph which is nothing to brag about. Here, the Accord dramatically surpasses this with a 162-165 foot stopping distance at 70mph.
With so many performance metrics to compare among the two best-in-class competitors the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Mazda 6, making the best choice boils down to picking the right trim to suit your personality. The Honda Accord comes in 5 trims with 1.5T and 20.T variants such as the LX/Hybrid, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring whereas the Mazda 6 offers Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims, just to give you an idea.