Mazda6 vs Competitors




When you think of the sedan segment, what sorts of things come to mind? Basic, mostly utilitarian, maybe even a little bland? Not anymore. Now more than ever, sedans, particularly the midsized segment, are dominating the market with their undeniable style and grace. A great example of a modern-day sedan is the compelling 2019 Mazda6, with its abundant sophistication and suave interior and exterior appearance.

That said, other sedan manufacturers have stepped up their act, leaving the Mazda6 with a fair bit of competition. Some of these respectable rivals include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru Legacy, and Hyundai Sonata. But despite the success of these other models, the Mazda6 stands firm and makes a strong case that it’s the best in its class. Let’s look at why.



Standard Safety

The Mazda6 truly shines with its standard list of active safety features. While all of the sedans in this class are priced in the same ballpark, the Mazda6 provides an exceptional amount of safety with its base Sport trim. Here you’ll get a suite that includes blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and rear cross-traffic alert, as well as Mazda’s i-Activsense bundle of additional features (forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist). Also standard is the G-Vectoring Control Plus system, which effectively stabilizes the vehicle during sharp turns. Most of the other models within the midsized sedan segment offer a fair number of these features with their base trims (except for the proprietary stabilizing system), but the Mazda6 is the best-equipped right out of the gate.

The other vehicles mentioned, like the Accord’s base LX, only provide drivers with more basic active safety technology, such as lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. This is also the case with the Camry’s base L trim, which comes with those features plus lane departure warning. The least-inclusive of the bunch is the Malibu, which doesn’t provide active safety features as standard for any of its trims. In order to get them, you would need to upgrade to one of the optional packages, even if you choose the highest trim.

Unparalleled Style and Luxury

Appearance means a lot to car buyers, if only because driving a great-looking car makes their day more enjoyable. As far as what comes standard, the Mazda6 gets you quite a bit even with the lower half of its trim lineup. For example, while its base-level Sport is reasonably bare bones, it does get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a good-sized 8-inch touchscreen interface. The only other sedan in this class that gets an 8-inch touchscreen is the Malibu, although it lacks the leather-wrapped steering wheel, as does every other rival’s base trim. In addition, the level-two Touring trim for the Mazda6 gets a sunroof and heated front seats. While you can get both of these amenities with the other vehicles, you’d need to upgrade to a higher-level trim than the second from the bottom. Overall, if you’re looking for a sleek and polished sedan at an affordable price, consider the ’19 Mazda6 as your next set of wheels.