2018 MAZDA6 VS 2018 HONDA ACCORD
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184 horsepower, 185 pound-feet of torque Base Engine Performance 192 horsepower, 192 pound-feet of torque
250 horsepower, 310 pound-feet torque Max Engine Performance 252 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque
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2018 Mazda6 vs 2018 Honda Accord

Car shoppers considering a midsize sedan have a litany of options to choose from. This class is crowded with many models vying for the attention of car shoppers. Looking at the 2018 Honda Accord vs the 2018 Mazda6 compares two models in this segment. Both cars offer multiple options for car shoppers to choose from. The 2018 Accord and 2018 Mazda6 will be each offer multiple engine options, transmission choices and trim levels. These trim levels offer a wide selection of comfort, safety and technology features.

Mazda’s mid-size sedan has gone under the knife for the third time in five model years. The 2018 Mazda6 sports a refreshed look, a new interior, and a completely revamped powertrain lineup that ought to keep the shapely sedan relevant in the face of stiff competition from the all-new Honda Accord

Styling

The Accord’s new exterior is designed to look upscale and sporty, and we’re inclined to say that it achieved those goals. The muscle-car-inspired down-turned nose and the large chrome bar that runs across the top of the grille may not be for everyone, but they certainly set the Accord apart.  The Accord is now slightly shorter in both length and height compared with last year’s model, but it has gained almost half an inch in width. Those minor changes are intended to make the Accord’s profile seem sportier, and, combined with the new long, curved hood.

Mazda has been quite subtle with its exterior updates on the Mazda6 but some changes include a handsome-looking wire mesh grille, updated LED headlights with integrated fog lamps, the choice of 17-inch or 19-inch alloy wheels, and prominent chrome accents on the front that now extend further to the edges of the headlights. Chassis updates include a rigidly-mounted steering rack to improve response and feel, thicker sheet metal in the rear wheel-wells and thicker suspension trailing link mounts to improve stiffness.

Driving

The Accord’s chassis is well sorted and encourages the driver to push the car hard through corners, where it stays flat and composed even as it approaches its impressive-for-a-family-sedan 0.88-g skidpad limit. The steering is light, as befits a car in this class, but we wouldn’t mind if it transmitted a little more feedback from the road.

Still, it’s hard to complain about a helm that’s accurate, predictable, and never suffers from the torque steer—when the front wheels dart back and forth under heavy acceleration—that can plague powerful front-wheel-drive cars. The Accord’s ride is firmly controlled but never sharp, which helps it strike a winning balance between a sports sedan and a practical family car.

Due to irregularities and undulations in the road surface, your vehicle does not always travel along the expected line, forcing you to make steering corrections. With GVC, your Mazda6 responds to driver inputs with fewer steering adjustments, so your vehicle behaves as you intend and you enjoy a more confident drive.

Winner of the AJAC 2017 Best New Innovation Technology Award, SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control (GVC) works behind the scenes to achieve a smoother, less fatiguing drive for you and your passengers by subtly adjusting engine torque, intentionally optimizing vehicle weight transfer during everyday commutes and spirited drives alike.

The result is steering that is more precise and a ride that is more comfortable for drivers and passengers. GVC enhances handling, stability and the feeling of the tires gripping the road. You’ll gain an even greater feeling of control and security during evasive manoeuvres as well as in rain, snow and on poor road surfaces

Interior

Honda hasn’t expressly stated a premium push, but the Accord’s interior has very much gone upscale. In our recent comparison tests and Car of the Year judging, it was favorably compared to an Audi by several editors. The materials and design both look and feel premium, and the level of technology offered is off the charts for the class.

The evolution of KODO design and a new mature elegance grace the Mazda6 interior. Completely refreshed with new features such as a redesigned dash and instrument cluster, the Mazda6 is crafted to inspire a love of the drive.

From wider, sculpted seats with thicker padding and available Sen wood◆ and Ultrasuede®◆ on the new Signature model to standard automatic dual-zone climate controls and even better sound insulation, every detail of the 2018 Mazda6 makes driving a joy.

Engine Choice

Two engine options will be offered on the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Mazda6. Both cars offer two four-cylinder engine options.

With a whole family of new powertrains to match its fresh look, Honda cut no corners when engineering this next generation of Accord. The new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with the 10-speed automatic is quicker than the 3.5-liter V-6 it replaces. The lineup starts with a 192-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four, which comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission but can also be had with a well-calibrated CVT. A 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four now sits atop the engine pyramid and can come with either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic that shifts with near seamlessness. Both engines are smooth operators, but the larger one offers a rush of torque that can easily spin the front tires in first gear. A hybrid will be available in early 2018 with an Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors.

Along with the adoption of cylinder deactivation for the current 2.5-liter inline-four, the 2018 Mazda 6 also will be available with the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four found in the CX-9 mid-size crossover SUV. The forced-induction four-cylinder produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque when drinking a diet of 93-octane gasoline. Swap to regular fuel and the stable holds just 227 horses. While the naturally aspirated engine is available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, the turbocharged engine is offered exclusively with the six-speed automatic.

Conclusion

The 2018 Mazda6 is refreshed and reinvigorated with a stunning new design inside and out, more models and even more premium features. There’s also new Cylinder Deactivation‡ and an available new 2.5 T Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine for drivers wanting an extra boost of power. Finely crafted to deliver superb quality, soul-rousing aesthetics and an unmistakably exhilarating drive, the Mazda6 is so striking and so well crafted, you’ll savour every moment behind the wheel. Test drive one today to feel the exhilaration of driving a Mazda.