2020 Mazda 6 vs. 2019 Ford Taurus

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Safety

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The Mazda 6 has standard Whiplash Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Taurus doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Mazda 6 has standard Smart City Brake Support, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Taurus offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Mazda 6 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Taurus doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Mazda 6 Signature has a standard 360-degree View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Taurus only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Mazda 6 and the Taurus 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 and rearview cameras.

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 Ford Taurus:

Mazda 6

Taurus

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

130

182

Neck Injury Risk

23%

31%

Neck Stress

266 lbs.

313 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

43/70 lbs.

68/69 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Mazda 6 is safer than the Taurus:

6

Taurus

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

4 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.69/.81

1.19/.41

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 Mazda 6 is safer than the Ford Taurus:

Mazda 6

Taurus

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1.1 inches

1.2 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

380 lbs.

910 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

18 inches

HIC

271

376

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

671 lbs.

743 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Mazda 6 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 169 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Taurus was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability

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From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

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The Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 254) than the Taurus’ standard 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Mazda6

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

2.5 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

Taurus

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

17 city/24 hwy

SHO 3.5 turbo V6

16 city/24 hwy

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 Taurus doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Tires and Wheels

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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 Taurus SE’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Mazda 6 Touring handles at .87 G’s, while the Taurus Limited pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Taurus SEL (27.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mazda 6’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Taurus SHO’s (36.7 feet vs. 39.4 feet). The Mazda 6’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Taurus’ (36.7 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Mazda 6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 750 pounds less than the Ford Taurus.

The Mazda 6 is 10.2 inches shorter than the Taurus, making the Mazda 6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Mazda 6 amounts to more than styling. The Mazda 6 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .285 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Taurus (.32 to .33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Mazda 6 get better fuel mileage.

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 Taurus doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Mazda 6 Touring is quieter than the Taurus SHO:

6

Taurus

At idle

42 dB

47 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

70 dB

Ergonomics

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The Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve/Signature has 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 Taurus doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Mazda 6’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Taurus’ parking brake has to released manually.

The Mazda 6’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Taurus’ passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Mazda 6 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Taurus doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Mazda 6’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Taurus’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Taurus doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 is only available on the Taurus SEL/Limited/SHO.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mazda 6 is less expensive to operate than the Taurus because it costs $111 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mazda 6 than the Taurus, including $358 less for a water pump, $423 less for a muffler, $473 less for a timing belt/chain and $61 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda 6 and the Ford Taurus, 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 Taurus has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mazda 6 outsold the Ford Taurus by 11% during the 2019 model year.

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