2019 Toyota Camry 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 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 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 XLE/XSE 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’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 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 is safer than the Mazda 6:

 

Camry

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 is safer than the Mazda 6:

 

Camry

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 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 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’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 has more powerful engines than the Mazda 6:

 

Horsepower

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

203 HP

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

Mazda 6 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

187 HP

Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

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

 

Camry

6

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda 6:

 

 

 

MPG

Camry

 

 

L 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/41 hwy

 

 

LE/SE/XLE/XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/39 hwy

 

 

XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/33 hwy

 

 

XSE 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

Mazda 6

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Camry, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Mazda 6.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Camry

6

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.06 inches

10.9 inches

The Camry stops shorter than the Mazda 6:

 

Camry

Mazda 6

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

133 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

The Camry XSE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mazda 6 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Camry SE handles at .88 G’s, while the Mazda 6 Signature pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Mazda 6 Touring (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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

 

Camry

6

At idle

41 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The Camry has 1.9 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mazda 6.

Cargo Capacity

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

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Camry easier. The Camry’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the Mazda 6’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

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

Servicing Ease

The Camry 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 and the Mazda 6 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Camry 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 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’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Mazda 6’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the Mazda 6 because typical repairs cost less on the Camry than the Mazda 6, including $94 less for fuel injection and $52 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Camry

Mazda 6

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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

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