Last post on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM
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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#17621 of 20249 Re: 2014 Mazda6 vs. 2013 Honda Accord [m6user]
Feb 25, 2013 (6:12 am)
I need to go drive an Accord, a Fusion, and a Mazda 6. This race is too close for me to make an on-paper only choice. I briefly drove a Fusion, but it was the only one the dealer had at the time.
I am biased.....see below.
For example, my drive into the city today was very satisfying. My Optima's 6 speed auto is always ready to choose the right gear, making 50 to 85 mph passing effortless. The sound of the dual exhaust is very throaty and quite refined until about 500 rpm before redline (6500 RPM is redline)...where it gets coarse. The main power-band is available between 3500 and 6000 RPM. It is a very flexible combination.
So, if I only drive the Optima then my choice is going to be biased, no matter what.
So, by this weekend I will have driven all 4 top contenders. It's an excuse to go play with cars, and since it is my birthday today, I think I will have a bit of fun!
#17622 of 20249 Re: 2014 Mazda6 vs. 2013 Honda Accord [cski]
Feb 25, 2013 (9:55 am)
Sounds like a good list and a fun bday activity!++
Why are you getting a car already? Did you lease?
#17623 of 20249 Re: 2014 Mazda6 vs. 2013 Honda Accord [cski]
Feb 25, 2013 (12:10 pm)
Which Fusion powertrain are you going to test drive? The 1.6L EcoBoost (with 6-speed A/T) will be a disappointment in comparison to the Accord's 2.4L and Mazda6's 2.5L. The Mazda matches the Kia Optima's maximum torque, but reaches that peak at 3250rpm (1000rpm than the Kia), so it has some extra low-end grunt. The Accord will outrun all three of them and would be almost perfect if not for that one deal-breaker- CVT!!!
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them after your test drives! Have fun!
#17624 of 20249 Re: 2014 Mazda6 vs. 2013 Honda Accord [igozoomzoom]
Feb 25, 2013 (12:31 pm)
I'm normally a manual guy, but this time needed to go auto for the spouse and teen in our house. I liked the Accord CVT better than I thought I would. If you're not going to shift for yourself, why celebrate the little jerks? The Accord CVT inserts a little pseudo "shift feel" via programming, and is apparently better than Nissan's CVT for feel and sound.
I get to keep our 2008 Accord EXL 5MT, which becomes more "my" car, and so I don't mind having a CVT in the family.
#17625 of 20249 Re: 2014 Mazda6 vs. 2013 Honda Accord [igozoomzoom]
Feb 25, 2013 (12:39 pm)
Why do you say the Accord will outrun all three? The Mazda 6i Touring Auto has been timed at 6.5 for the 0-60 and 15.5 for the quarter. The Accord was timed 6.5 and 15.7. Doesn't appear to me that the Accord outruns it. It may ourtrun the Fusion 1.6T and the Optima EX though.
With that being said, most people IMO are not buying these cars becasue they are 1 or 2 tenths of a second quicker. Now if you were talking a couple of seconds that would be a deal breaker as that would affect the driving experience somewhat. That's really the only reason I even glance at 0-60 times for cars like this is to make sure they are in the ballpark with their competitors and they usually are. Very little seperates them when it comes to speed. Now if I were comparing a Mustang GT vs. a Camaro SS or something like that I would be very inerested in the 0-60 times etc.
Feb 25, 2013 (12:52 pm)
The Mazda 6 manual seats do have height adjustment. Aftermarket seat heaters can be added for about $500 as we did with my wifes Sonata SE Turbo.
For my car (manual cloth) and truck (leather power king seats) I installed sheepskin covers for less than half the cost of heated seats. They are warm in winter and cooler in summer. I even have sheepskin pads for the Motorcycle seats. They add serious comfort to any seat. No baahhaaaad sheep jokes please....
#17628 of 20249 Re: 2014 Mazda6 vs. 2013 Honda Accord [benjaminh]
Feb 25, 2013 (3:06 pm)
I am not buying anything. Just gonna check them out.
#17629 of 20249 Re: 2014 Mazda6 vs. 2013 Honda Accord [igozoomzoom]
Feb 25, 2013 (3:18 pm)
I wouldn't mind checking out the whatever is selling the best, and the 2.5 would be the right engine to compare the Maz6, Accord, and Optima EX $25k models.
On the Mazda I want to drive the 2.5i Touring of course. I need to see how much black plastic is in it compared to mine. I like the Instrument panel on the Mazda in the pictures. I really want to see if I like the way it looks in person too. Not sold on the grill.
As I have said before a family member works for Mazda so I will just go over there and ask for one for the day.
#17630 of 20249 I just bought a Fusion with 2.0
Feb 26, 2013 (6:34 pm)
I think it's going to be a great car. Before that I test drove the AWD version of the same car, and it felt sluggish. They probably take a long time to break in.
I had a 07 Fusion AWD until a couple of years ago and it was the same way.