2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. 2019 Mazda 6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry Hybrid have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry Hybrid has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry Hybrid XLE has a standard Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Compared to metal, the Camry Hybrid’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda 6 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Camry Hybrid and the Mazda 6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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

 

Camry Hybrid

Mazda 6

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

20%

23%

Neck Stress

262 lbs.

266 lbs.

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

24 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

53%

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

107 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry Hybrid is safer than the Mazda 6:

 

Camry Hybrid

Mazda 6

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

154

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

256 G’s

Hip Force

296 lbs.

437 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

289

356

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

64 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

14 inches

HIC

164

271

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

36 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

671 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry Hybrid its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mazda 6 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mazda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 6.

There are over 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 22nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

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

Engine

The Camry Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 21 more horsepower (208 vs. 187) than the Mazda 6’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Camry Hybrid is faster than the Mazda 6 4 cyl.:

 

Camry

Mazda6

Zero to 30 MPH

3.3 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

9.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camry Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda6:

 

 

 

MPG

Camry Hybrid

 

 

LE 2.5 4 cyl. Hybrid

51 city/53 hwy

 

 

SE/XLE 2.5 4 cyl. Hybrid

44 city/47 hwy

Mazda6

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Camry Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Camry Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Camry Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Camry Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camry Hybrid’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Mazda 6:

 

Camry

Mazda6

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.06 inches

10.9 inches

The Camry Hybrid stops shorter than the Mazda 6:

 

Camry

Mazda6

 

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camry Hybrid SE/XLE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 6 (235/45R18 vs. 225/55R17).

Suspension and Handling

The Camry Hybrid XLE handles at .84 G’s, while the Mazda 6 Signature pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The front grille of the Camry Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camry Hybrid XLE is quieter than the Mazda 6 Grand Touring:

 

Camry

Mazda6

At idle

38 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The Camry Hybrid has 1.9 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mazda 6.

Cargo Capacity

The Camry Hybrid has a larger trunk than the Mazda 6 (15.1 vs. 14.7 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Camry Hybrid. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The Camry Hybrid uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Mazda 6 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Camry Hybrid and the Mazda 6 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Camry Hybrid is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mazda 6 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

If the windows are left open on the Camry Hybrid the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Mazda 6 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry Hybrid’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Mazda 6’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

Recommendations

Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Camry Hybrid as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Mazda 6 by over 11 to one during 2018.

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