Honda Accord vs Mazda 6
WE SAY: IT’S A BATTLE BETWEEN TWO BASE D-SEGMENT OFFERINGS, BUT WHICH IS BEST?
What am I looking at?
This is Honda’s entry-level Accord 2.0 VTi-L that’s been around for a while now. Though both its drivetrain package and styling are starting to show signs of age now against the more modern Mazda offering, this Accord still has several surprises that can make it a top favourite in a segment where competition has become very close. This is the recently refreshed Mazda6 2.0 base model. Same principles as before, but Mazda has refined it further, especially in the Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) reduction department. There’s also a mild nip-tuck featuring tasty new alloy wheels and full-LED lighting up front, not forgetting a revised cabin layout and trim that truly looks and feels more ‘European’ now.
Which one packs more kit?
As far as the basics go, Honda’s affordably priced locally assembled (CKD) base model Accord is on par with its pricier Mazda rival in terms of number of features. It also trumps the Mazda by offering arguably greater driving safety as it packs a neat blind-spot information system on board. Also, the Accord boasts a noticeably bigger cabin space as well, making it a more comfortable ride for passengers. Despite this fully imported (CBU) offering’s steep price tag, the absence of Mazda’s active safety and assist features is disappointing to say the least. Mazda has however covered all the basics at least by offering six airbags, ABS, stability control, cruise control, and reverse camera amongst others. There’s also a slightly bigger boot over the Accord, so you can err… carry more golf bags?
Which is nicer to drive?
Despite Mazda’s greatly improved cabin NVH reduction, the Accord is still the most comfortable to ride in. Its spacious cabin, coupled with its softer chassis’s tune, sees it stand as the perfect ride. And, despite having an older single-cam heart and five-speed box, there’s enough go here to make it a slightly better town driver too. Packing a newer, peppier Skyactiv powertrain that’s paired with an arguably more dynamic chassis setup, the Mazda feels like a true driver’s car. Adding to that is the presence of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control that makes light of any long distance drive. Simply put, if you like to drive, you’ll want this Mazda over the Honda offering.
What about living with it?
You’ll still need to pay to service and maintain this saloon, but Honda’s limited free labour charges offer plus a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty coverage even things out. And despite this Accord showing its age through looks and feel, it is the one your passengers will love being driven in over the Mazda. Let us also not forget the sensible price tag it carries.
Though pricier with a shorter 3-year or 100,000km warranty coverage, Mazda does include a three-year or 60,000km free service package in said price. There’s also its arguably more efficient powertrain that promises to reduce your visits to the pumps, provided you drive it right of course. It also looks and feels much more current than the Accord.
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