Compare the Mazda6 & Honda Accord in Olympia WA

Which Mid-Size Car is Right for Your Olympia, WA Drive -- Mazda6 or the Honda Competition?

Both cars come well-regarded by lovers of the drive the whole of the Evergreen State and, indeed, the world over. Ours, a little newer to the sedan market, making its debut to wide acclaim in 2002, has remained ahead of the rest, held in esteem by industry research, valuation, safety, and review authorities alike. 

The same can be said for the other, Honda Accord, which has been a model of reliability and driving pleasure since 1976. However, with new SUVs and crossovers beginning to take center stage, the competition between them is fiercer than ever. Which is the way to go for the ride here in Olympia? Check out our competitive comparison, and we think you'll see how a new Mazda6 comes out on top.

Mazda6 vs. Honda Accord

Both Mazda and Honda may offer their mid-size cars in a five-trim range. On the one hand, Mazda6 comes in base Sport, step-up Touring, midrange Grand Touring and luxurious and fully loaded Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trims. On the other, Honda Accord appears in a span from base LX and Sport to mid-level EX and top-of-the-line EX-L and Touring trims. Look closely, and you'll see where they diverge -- and where Mazda6 takes the lead.

Mazda6 offers more of a variety of easy-to-use technology for your entertainment and connectivity needs. Depending on trim, you can find anything from a MAZDA CONNECT&Trade Infotainment System with an 8-inch touchscreen, voice command, and a multifunction Commander control to HD Radio, Aha, Pandora and Stitcher support, and more. 

There are even an optional Mazda Navigation System and 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint 2 surround-sound audio with AudioPilot 2 tech available, both of which come standard in Grand Touring and later. Accord incorporates a choice of 7-and 8-inch infotainment options, Pandora support, and four-, eight-, and ten-speaker audio system selections, and makes Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice command available.

A Mazda sedan like Mazda6 is also better-equipped for safety, and earlier in the lineup. Driver-assistance standards range from blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert to smart city brake support. Mazda6 Touring and later feature Advanced Smart City Brake Support, Smart Brake Support with a collision warning feature, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go. 

Choose Mazda6 Signature, and you get the full-circle view of a 360-degree camera standard, as well as front and rear parking sensors. Accord builds in the automaker's Honda Sensing driver-assist suite, but blind-spot and cross-traffic monitoring only come available at the midrange, and there's no 360-degree viewing capability.

Mazda6 offers a 187-horsepower, 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G engine that puts out 186 pound-feet of torque in base trims. The new Accord rates a little higher in its base, offering a turbocharged 192-horsepower, 1.5-liter I4 capable of 192 pound-feet. 

However, an up-to-250-horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.5T Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine comes standard in Grand Touring and later, whereas, though Accord offers a turbocharged 252-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four in its higher trims, it's only available. That makes Mazda6 the sportier, more powerful, and thus more confident ride.

Cylinder deactivation capability comes standard in select engine builds, helping you make the most of gas by adjusting engine displacement when the former isn't needed. This feature isn't offered in Honda Accord.

If you prefer your drive on the athletic side, opt for a Mazda6 with a standard SKYACTIV®-MT six-speed manual transmission and the precision cornering abilities of SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control. Both are standard at entry-level. Accord, however, doesn't offer the same hands-on handling, offering only a continuously variable transmission standard in its base and no GVC.


Final Thoughts

See how else the new Mazda6 heads into victory lane here at Mazda of Olympia. Give our 2201 Carriage Street Southwest showroom a call at 800-678-9210 Ext. 4, or stop by for a visit, and we'll be happy to take you out for a test drive!


Mazda of Olympia

2201 Carriage St SW
Directions Olympia, WA 98502

  • Sales: 800-678-9210 Ext. 4
  • Service: (800) 971-6596 Ext. 2
  • Parts: (800) 971-6596 Ext. 3


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  1. Mazda of Olympia

    2201 Carriage St SW
    Olympia, WA 98502

    • Sales: 800-678-9210 Ext. 4
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