2019 Mazda 6 vs. 2019 Volvo S60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Mazda 6 and the S60 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.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Mazda 6 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The S60 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the 6 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the S60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 2 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 6’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 22nd in initial quality. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Volvo is ranked 29th.

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 S60 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 S60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mazda 6 has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Mazda 6 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Chassis

The Mazda 6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 850 pounds less than the Volvo S60.

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 S60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Mazda 6 a Mid-size car, while the S60 is rated a Compact.

The Mazda 6 has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 (99.7 vs. 96).

The Mazda 6 has 1 inch more front headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity

The Mazda 6 has a much larger trunk than the S60 (14.7 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

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 S60 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mazda 6 outsold the Volvo 60 Series by almost three to one during 2018.

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