2020 Mazda 6 vs. 2020 Lexus ES Series

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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 ES Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Mazda 6 and the ES Series 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 Lexus ES Series:

Mazda 6

ES Series

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

24%

Neck Compression

24 lbs.

30 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

43/70 lbs.

524/628 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

249

319

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.8 inches

Neck Stress

133 lbs.

159 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

335/150 lbs.

473/518 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Mazda 6 (base engine) is faster than the ES 300h:

Mazda6

ES Series

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Mazda 6 has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the ES Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the ES Series:

Mazda 6 Turbo

ES Series

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

The Mazda 6 stops much shorter than the ES Series:

Mazda 6

ES Series

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Mazda 6 has larger tires than the ES Series (225/55R17 vs. 215/55R17).

Suspension and Handling

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The Mazda 6 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The ES Series’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring handles at .84 G’s, while the ES 300h pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the ES 300h (27.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mazda 6’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the ES Series’ (36.7 feet vs. 38 feet). The Mazda 6’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the ES Series w/18-19” wheels’ (36.7 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Mazda 6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Lexus ES Series.

The Mazda 6 is 3.2 inches shorter than the ES Series, making the Mazda 6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Mazda 6 has .9 inches more front headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES Series.

Cargo Capacity

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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 ES Series’ useful trunk space.

The Mazda 6’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES Series doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

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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 ES Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

Both the Mazda 6 and the ES Series 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 ES Series.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mazda 6 is less expensive to operate than the ES Series because it costs $66 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Mazda 6 than the ES Series, including $183 less for a water pump, $161 less for a muffler, $5 less for front brake pads, $307 less for a starter, $219 less for front struts, $972 less for a timing belt/chain and $730 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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