Compare 2012 Hyundai Sonata vs 2012 Mazda MAZDA6

2012 Hyundai Sonata
2012 Mazda MAZDA6
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 30 $19,343 $20,480
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 31 $20,286 $21,480
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 22 31 $21,839 $23,125
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 22 31 $23,352 $24,730
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 22 31 $25,786 $27,310
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring Plus 18 27 $26,033 $27,570
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $28,146 $29,810
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,971
$19,343
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,795
$20,480
Monthly Payment Estimate
$330 / month
$341 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar. The 2012 Mazda6 is just as comfortable, practical, and refined as most other mid-size sedans, but it's a little more enjoyable to drive.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.2 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
54.9 55.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 57.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.8 101.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 42.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.9 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.0 109.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.9 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
189.8 193.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.4 16.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x 0.4 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.1 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 2.93
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.5 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R16 P205/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65R16 P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
T125/80D16 T115/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3161 3272
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16.0 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16.0 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16.0 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.7 8.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 590
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 4250 167 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
198 @ 6300 170 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 21
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.59 3.20
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 1.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.25-4.33 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.70 1.31
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 0.80
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Sonata Mazda Mazda6
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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