2019 Mazda 6 vs. 2019 Toyota Camry

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Mazda 6 and the Camry 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, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mazda 6 is safer than the Toyota Camry:

 

Mazda 6

Camry

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

130

140

Leg Forces (l/r)

43/70 lbs.

432/527 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Mazda 6 is safer than the Toyota Camry:

 

Mazda 6

Camry

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

380 lbs.

752 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Mazda 6’s reliability 12 points higher than the Camry.

Engine

The Mazda 6 has more powerful engines than the Camry:

 

Torque

Mazda 6 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

186 lbs.-ft.

Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

310 lbs.-ft.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

267 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mazda 6 (base engine) is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl.:

 

Mazda6

Camry

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

20 sec

20.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.9 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.2 sec

Top Speed

135 MPH

133 MPH

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 Camry 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 Camry XSE/XLE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mazda 6 has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’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 Camry:

 

Mazda6 Turbo

Camry

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

The Mazda 6 stops shorter than the Camry:

 

Mazda 6

Camry

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Mazda 6 has larger tires than the Camry (225/55R17 vs. 205/65R16).

The Mazda 6 Sport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry L’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mazda 6 Sport has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry L.

Suspension and Handling

The Mazda 6 has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring handles at .84 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Mazda 6’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Camry L/LE’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Mazda 6’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Camry SE/XLE/XSE’s (36.7 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda 6 (except Sport) offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Camry doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Mazda 6 Touring is quieter than the Camry SE (67 vs. 68 dB).

Passenger Space

The Mazda 6 has .1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Mazda 6’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Camry’s useful trunk space.

The Mazda 6’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve/Signature, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Camry doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Mazda 6’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Consumer Reports rated the Mazda 6’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Camry’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Camry doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Camry offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Mazda 6 and the Camry offer available heated front seats. The Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve/Signature also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camry.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve/Signature keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Camry doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve/Signature’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Camry doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Mazda 6 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Camry and isn’t available on the Camry L.

The Mazda 6’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camry L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Mazda 6 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Mazda 6 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Camry is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mazda 6 is less expensive to operate than the Camry because it costs $65 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mazda 6 than the Camry, including $231 less for a water pump, $32 less for a muffler, $5 less for front brake pads, $307 less for a starter, $84 less for front struts, $944 less for a timing belt/chain and $410 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Mazda 6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 6 years. The Camry hasn’t been picked since 1997.

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