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2018 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. Its Competition

2018 Mazda MAZDA6
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Our pick among mid-size sedans is the 2018 Honda Accord for its broad lineup, good turbo power, and refined feel.

The 2018 Mazda 6 comes close in most ways, but is let down by its subpar infotainment software—a hard kvetch to overlook.

The latest Toyota Camry brings to the table arresting style, a thrifty hybrid option, and the allure of a 301-hp V-6, but those ingredients don’t add up to a class leader.

The Ford Fusion may still be the prettiest mid-size sedan around and its hybrid version sips fuel, but Ford has said that it will exit the sedan market in the U.S.

Unless it’s a good deal, keep looking.

Speaking of bargains, the VW Passat is often discounted and has a roomy interior paired with a good base turbo-4 engine, although it’s yawn-inducingly dull.

Finally, the Kia Optima pairs good styling with sedate dynamics and is worth a strong look.

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Quick Specs
6.7
The 2018 Mazda 6 is a stylish, good handling sedan that finally has the underhood muscle to match.
7.3
The six-year-old 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid remains a handsome, comfortable mid-size sedan with good fuel efficiency and a plug-in hybrid option, but competitors now boast higher EPA ratings.
7.2
The 2018 Kia Optima Hybrid is a fuel-efficient pick among mid-sizers that doesn’t wear its eco credentials on its sleeves.
7.2
The 2018 Toyota Camry remains among the most competitive mid-size sedans, with a sleeker design, higher fuel economy, and carefully calibrated features and options for every buyer.
6.5
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat does little wrong, but its stoicism means it isn’t much fun.
MSRP From    
$21,950$22,215$22,600$23,645$22,995
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
Sport ManualS FWDLX AutomaticL Automatic (SE)2.0T S Automatic
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2018 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. 2018 Ford Fusion2018 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. 2018 Kia Optima2018 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. 2018 Toyota Camry2018 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. 2018 Volkswagen Passat