2020 Mazda 6 vs. 2020 Mercedes CLA

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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 CLA doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Mazda 6 and the CLA have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

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 CLA has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

There are over 52 percent more Mazda dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 6’s warranty.

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 Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Engine

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The Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 29 more horsepower (250 vs. 221) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 258) than the CLA’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

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

The Mazda 6 has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CLA (16.4 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mazda 6’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the CLA (111.4 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

Chassis

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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 CLA doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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

The Mazda 6 has 10.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CLA (99.7 vs. 89).

The Mazda 6 has .4 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 4.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the CLA.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

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Both the Mazda 6 and the CLA 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 CLA.

Recommendations

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

The Mazda 6 outsold the Mercedes CLA by 71% during the 2019 model year.

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