New Mazda6 vs. Competitors for Sale in Springfield, MA


The midsized sedan segment can be hard to pin down. Many of its entrants have a reputation for being solid yet a little bland, with power taking a back seat to factors like advanced features and fuel economy. Some are sporty-looking while some are more basic in their appearance. But automakers know where today’s trend is, as crossovers and SUVs more or less sell themselves. This means the sedan class needs to offer an edge, something more than in the years before vehicles became so much about ground clearance and cargo space.

That’s where the 2020 Mazda6 comes in. With the abundant features, sophisticated looks, and comprehensive safety technology in this compelling four-door, you’d be hard-pressed to find something lacking. But the competing carmakers have stepped up their sedan game as well, meaning there’s quite a bit of legitimate competition. Some of these rivals include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Subaru Legacy, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Nissan Altima. We’ll delve into the details and see which one rises to the top of this class.

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The 2020 Mazda6 includes a standard suite of active safety features, which consist of blind-spot monitoring with smart brake support, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive (radar) cruise control, lane departure warning, high-beam control, and lane-keep assist. It also comes with standard LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and side mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, features which not all of the mentioned competitors get on their base trims. While the others offer a fair amount of standard safety features, the 2020 Mazda6 is the most inclusive.

Many of the rival sedans mentioned in this competition lack standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert on their base trims (except for the Kia Optima). Overall, the 2020 Mazda6 is considered one of the safest vehicles since it was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the highest distinction the organization offers. While the other vehicles in this class are all considered quite safe, only a few made the Top Safety Pick+ cut (the Camry, Legacy, and Optima). The rest were named Top Safety Picks, which is a level lower.

Comfort and Convenience

Comfort means a lot to drivers, and today’s midsized sedans deliver these attributes to varying degrees. For example, the base 2020 Mazda6, the Sport trim, comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. All of the other base-level trims in this comparison lack the leather detailing, reserving that upscale touch for their higher trims.

The base Accord, Camry, and Legacy each go without a standard 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, the Camry, Legacy, Sonata, and Optima without push-button ignition, and none of those cars’ base trims, except for the Accord’s, includes standard dual-zone automatic climate control. Also, the level-two Touring trim of the 2020 Mazda6 is outfitted with a sunroof and heated front seats. While you can enjoy both of these features with those other vehicles, you’ll need to upgrade past the second trim (although the level-two Optima comes with a sunroof, it lacks heated front seats).

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