Honda Accord Vs. Mazda6

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

The 2019 Honda Accord and 2018 Mazda6 offer plenty to our Rochester area car shoppers, including tons of interior room and zip under the hood. Which of these surprisingly quick midsize family sedans is better for you? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

In 2018, the Honda Accord went through a massive redesign that brought in a more premium look. This new design gives the Accord a more mature feeling with its more flat-nosed front end, a wide chrome strip on the front, and an almost coupe-like swoop to the roofline without impeding on rear-seat headroom.

The 2018 Mazda6 is entering its fifth model year, but it also received a refresh that brought in an updated look and two more-premium trim levels: Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. This new look and these new trims add a level of luxury the 2019 Honda Accord can’t quite match. Sure, it may have similar features, but the overall look remains unmatched.

Measurement 2019 Honda Accord 2018 Mazda6 Difference
Length 192.2 inches 191.5 inches +0.7 inches
Width 73.3 inches 72.4 inches +0.9 inches
Height 57.1 inches 57.1 inches
Wheelbase 111.4 inches 111.4 inches
Ground Clearance
6.5 inches
Curb weight 3,131 to 3,428 pounds 3,326 to 3,560 pounds -195 to -132 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • More mature look
  • Swoopy coupe-like roofline

Advantage: 2018 Mazda6

  • Upscale looks
  • Tons of premium features
  • More compact

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Honda Accord boasts the standard sedan interior, playing well to the masses. Though it has no real surprises, the Honda Accord has tons of premium features, including leather upholstery, wood trim, a 450-watt audio system, a high-resolution touchscreen, and more.

The 2018 Mazda6 has a more premium look, even in its base format, with its clean and clutter-free dash small steering wheel, perched touchscreen, and more. Moving up in the trim levels adds more premium features, including natural wood trim, suede inserts, and even Nappa leather seating.

In terms of roominess, the 2019 Accord is larger than the Mazda6 in every measurable. In some areas, like rear legroom and front shoulder room, the differences are huge. The Accord also has a larger trunk, making it the perfect weekend getaway machine.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Accord 2018 Mazda6 Difference
Front headroom 39.5 inches 38.4 inches +1.1 inches
Front legroom 42.3 inches 42.2 inches +0.1 inches
Front shoulder room 58.3 inches 55.9 inches +2.4 inches
Front hip room 55.3 inches 53.5 inches +1.8 inches
Rear headroom 37.3 inches 37.1 inches +0.2 inches
Rear legroom 40.4 inches 38.7 inches +1.7 inches
Rear shoulder room 56.5 inches 55.1 inches +1.4 inches
Rear hip room 55 inches 53.5 inches +1.5 inches
Luggage capacity 16.7 cubic feet 14.7 cubic feet +2 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • More traditional interior styling
  • Significantly more passenger room
  • Big trunk-space advantage

Advantage: 2018 Mazda6

  • Luxurious cabin
  • Tons of available luxury options

Performance

The midsize sedan is no longer the vanilla performance segment it once was. In fact, some models are downright fast. In their base formats, neither the Mazda6 nor the Honda Accord is overly powerful or fast at 187 and 192 horsepower, respectively.

With their optional engines, though, both models are quick. The Mazda6’s 250-horsepower four-cylinder engine scoots it to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. The Accord’s optional 2.0-liter turbo engine makes this family sedan a rocket at 5.5 seconds to 60 mph.  

In the corners, the 2019 Honda Accord is respectable, especially in its more performance-oriented Sport trim. The Mazda6, though, carries Mazda’s sporty DNA, making it a good handler in all trims.

 

2019 Honda Accord 2018 Mazda6 Difference
Engine 1.5-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 192 hp at 5,500 rpm 187 hp at 6,000 rpm +5 hp
Torque 192 lb-ft at 1,600 to 5,000 186 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm +6 lb-ft
Standard transmission CVT 6-speed manual
Optional transmission 6-speed manual (Sport) 6-speed automatic
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 7.3 seconds 7.9 seconds -0.6 seconds
MPG City 22 to 30 mpg* 24 to 26 mpg -2 to +6 mpg
MPG Highway 32 to 38 mpg* 33 to 35 mpg -1 to +5 mpg
MPG Combined 26 to 33 mpg* 27 to 29 mpg -1 to +4 mpg
Optional engine 2.0-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.5-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 252 hp at 6,500 rpm 250 hp at 5,000 rpm +2 hp
Torque 273 lb-ft at 1,500 to 4,000 rpm 310 lb-ft at 2,000 rpm -37 lb-ft
Standard transmission 6-speed manual (Sport) 6-speed automatic
Optional transmission 10-speed automatic
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 5.5 seconds 6.4 seconds -0.9 seconds
MPG City 22 to 23 mpg* 23 mpg 1 to 0 mpg
MPG Highway 32 to 34 mpg* 31 mpg +1 to +3 mpg
MPG Combined 26 to 27 mpg* 26 mpg 0 to +1 mpg

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Quieter, calmer ride

Advantage: 2018 Mazda6

  • Better handling
  • Zippier off the line

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda Accord lineup features five trim levels — LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring — and pricing ranges from $23,720 to $34,990.

 

There are also five trim levels in the 2018 Mazda6 lineup, and they are: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature. Their starting prices range from $21,950 to $34,750.

2019 Honda Accord Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $23,720**

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric parking brake
  • Eco Assist System
  • Hill-start assist
  • Active noise cancellation
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • LED brake lights and LED taillight bars
  • LED low-beam headlights with auto-on/off
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power windows with auto-up/down front windows
  • Power door locks
  • Push-button ignition
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Center console with armrest
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Map lights
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Floor mats
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Four-speaker 160-watt audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora radio
  • Front 1-amp USB port
  • Body-color door handles
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic-sign recognition
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

Sport: $26,180**

  • All LX features, plus
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Larger front disc brakes
  • 19-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with black Inserts
  • Chrome exhaust finishers
  • LED fog lights
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Power moonroof
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Sport pedals
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text message function
  • One front 2.5-amp USB port
  • Eight-speaker, 180-watt audio system
  • 8-inch Display Audio infotainment system with high-resolution screen
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM

 

EX: $27,620**

  • All LX features, plus
  • Remote ignition
  • 17-inch machine-finish wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Heated, body-color mirrors
  • Power moonroof
  • Active grille shutter (1.5T only)
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Driver-side seatback pocket
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text messaging
  • Two 2.5-amp USB ports (center console and front console)
  • Eight-speaker, 180-watt audio system
  • 8-inch Display Audio infotainment system with high-resolution screen
  • Honda Link
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Blind-spot monitoring

 

EX-L: $30,120**

  • All EX features, plus
  • Chrome exhaust finishers
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  • Courtesy lighting
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel
  • HondaLink remote system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two-position seat memory
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • 10-speaker, 450-watt audio system with subwoofer

 

Touring: $34,990**

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive dampers
  • Head-up display
  • Chrome-accented door handles
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Auto-on/off LED headlights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reverse-gear tilt-down side-view mirrors
  • Door pull ambient lighting
  • Rear outboard heated seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Satellite-linked navigation
  • HondaLink subscription service
  • Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Wireless phone charger

2018 Mazda6 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Sport: $21,950

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Dual bright exhaust exits
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • G-Vectoring control
  • Hill-launch assist
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color grille
  • Auto-off headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights with auto-leveling
  • LED taillights
  • Lip-type rear spoiler
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Air conditioning
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power door locks
  • Electric parking brake
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Push-button ignition
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Front and rear map lights
  • Gloss-accent A-, B-, and C-pillars
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Six-way manual front seats
  • Cloth door-trim insert
  • Cloth seating
  • Satin-chrome and piano-black interior trim
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/HD Radio audio system
  • 8-inch color touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Pandora radio
  • Hands-free SMS text messaging
  • USB audio input
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking

 

Touring: $25,700

  • All Sport features, plus
  • Six-speed manual transmission with “Sport” mode
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Auto-on.off headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Power moonroof
  • Rear air-conditioning vents
  • Leatherette seating
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • Illuminated dual vanity mirrors
  • Mazda advanced keyless entry
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seat center armrest with two USB ports
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • High-speed automatic emergency braking

 

Grand Touring: $29,200

  • All Touring features, plus
  • 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Paddle shifters
  • Bose 11-speaker audio system
  • Mazda navigation system
  • SiriusXM

 

Grand Touring Reserve: $31,700

  • All Grand Touring features, plus
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with brilliant silver finish
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • LED signature lighting
  • Front lower molding
  • Windshield wiper de-icers
  • Leather sport seats
  • Eight-way power power driver’s seat
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • Full-color active-driving display with traffic-sign recognition
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Adaptive front lighting

 

Signature: $34,750

  • All Grand Touring Reserve features, plus
  • Gunmetal grille
  • Frameless rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with unique stitching
  • Glove-compartment storage with bright-finish knob
  • Overhead console with LED courtesy lights
  • Door sash tape
  • Nappa leather seating
  • Bright power seat switches
  • Black headliner
  • 7-inch TFT LCD meters
  • Sen Wood trim inserts
  • Ultrasuede trim inserts

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Accord?

The Honda Accord is a great buy for someone looking for a sedan that can perform but will not make them stand out. Plus, with its extra interior room, it is great for larger families.

Who Should Buy the 2018 Mazda6?

Want a sedan that handles almost like a sports car? The 2018 Mazda6 offers that along with delivering a stunning look. In its highest trim, the Mazda6 is dang near luxurious too.

 

Is the 2019 Honda Accord the car for you? Stop down at Garber Honda to take it for a test drive through the streets of Rochester today. Whether you have a daily commute to Henrietta or just need to drop the kids off at school in Pittsford, the 2019 Honda Accord can get the job done efficiently and in style. If you can’t make it to our Rochester area showroom today, you can also check out our online inventory to see what Accord models we have in stock and schedule a test drive for later.

 

*30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for LX, EX and EX-L 1.5T trims. 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T CVT trim. 26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg rating for Sport 1.5T 6MT trim. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for Sport and Touring 2.0T trims. 23 city/34 highway/27 combined mpg rating for EX-L 2.0T trim. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

 

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $920.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.