What do you get when you combine family-friendly passenger space with the cutting-edge infotainment and fun-loving performance? The answer: mid-size sedans like the 2017 Mazda 6 and the Honda Accord. Before you choose between these two popular cars, give our comparison guide a quick read.
2017 Mazda 6 vs Honda Accord
The Accord's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology gives it a leg up on the competition. These features display important smartphone apps directly on your Accord's central touchscreen, so don't have to look down at your phone to make calls or find a new music playlist.
The Mazda 6 has yet to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities to its lineup, but Mazda has announced that these features are coming. Until then, you can enjoy the cabin's sharp 7-inch touchscreen, your central hub for apps like navigation and Internet streaming radio.
Here, we can't help but gush about the Mazda 6's high-quality materials and plush, supportive seating. If you have a long daily commute, check out the leather upholstery and the eight-way power driver seat. Both of these options take comfort to new heights.
The Honda Accord - like the Mazda 6 - was built to deliver your family across town. Both rows supply generous head and leg room, so you don't have to worry about your kids outgrowing the cabin. The Accord may not be as luxurious as the Mazda 6, but it's plenty stylish, especially when you tack on options like leather seating.
Here, the Mazda 6 is definitely our first choice. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five stars for overall safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's gave the Mazda 6 its top score of "Good" in every crash test. On top of that, the forward collision warning system earned a rare score of "Superior." This technology doesn't just alert you to a potential crash - it actively applies the brakes to reduce damages.
The Accord also impresses with its crash-test scores. In government crash tests, it also earned a five-star rating. You can add the usual driver aids to your Accord, including forward collision and lane departure warning. However, these have already developed a reputation for being a bit too quick on the draw, alerting you to situations that aren't exactly dangerous.
Driving enthusiasts flock to Mazda again and again because these models supply the sporty handling and responsive steering they crave. In the Mazda 6, it's equally enjoyable to cut through crowded highways and make your way down winding roads. The Mazda 6 is also fuel efficient, making the most of your gas budget by earning up to 27 city/35 highway mpg.
The Accord does slightly better at the pump, earning up to 27/36 mpg. You won't have to worry about overspending at the gas station, that's for sure. The Accord may not be the first choice for driving enthusiasts, but it does provide a smooth, confident ride across town.
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The 2017 Mazda 6 and the Honda Accord both offer excellent vehicles, but the Mazda 6 is our overall winner. This midsize sedan is the perfect pick for families on the go. With its roomy, upscale cabin and sporty performance, you'll zoom around town feeling less like a chauffeur and more like an adventurer.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.