2019 Mazda 6 vs. 2019 Toyota Avalon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Mazda 6 and the Avalon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

Engine

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 267) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Mazda 6 (except Turbo)’s fuel efficiency. The Avalon doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda 6 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature for maximum performance). The Avalon requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mazda 6 has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon XLE’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Mazda 6 Touring/Signature’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon:

 

Mazda6 Turbo

Avalon

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

The Mazda 6 stops shorter than the Avalon:

 

Mazda 6

Avalon

 

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Mazda 6 has larger tires than the Avalon (225/55R17 vs. 215/55R17).

Suspension and Handling

The Mazda 6 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Avalon’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Mazda 6 Touring handles at .87 G’s, while the Avalon Touring pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Mazda 6’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Avalon XLE’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The Mazda 6’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Avalon Limited/Touring’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda 6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Toyota Avalon.

The Mazda 6 is 3.2 inches shorter than the Avalon, making the Mazda 6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

The Mazda 6 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Avalon doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve and Signature have a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Avalon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda 6, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Mazda 6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 6 years. The Avalon has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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