2020 Mazda 6 vs. 2020 Toyota Avalon

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Safety

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Both the Mazda 6 and the Avalon 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning 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 Toyota Avalon:

Mazda 6

Avalon

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

130

162

Neck Injury Risk

23%

35%

Leg Forces (l/r)

43/70 lbs.

499/567 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

249

302

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.8 inches

Neck Stress

133 lbs.

180 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

335/150 lbs.

447/453 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 Mazda 6 is safer than the Toyota Avalon:

Mazda 6

Avalon

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

154

163

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

380 lbs.

686 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

38 G’s

Hip Force

671 lbs.

719 lbs.

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

Engine

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The Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 267) than the Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

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

The Mazda 6 has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Avalon XLE’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Mazda 6 stops shorter than the Avalon:

Mazda 6

Avalon

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Mazda 6 has larger tires than the Avalon (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 Avalon’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Mazda 6 Touring handles at .87 G’s, while the Avalon Touring pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Mazda 6’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Avalon XLE’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The Mazda 6’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Avalon Limited/Touring’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

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The Mazda 6 has 1 inch more front headroom and .1 inches more front legroom than the Avalon.

Ergonomics

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The Mazda 6 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Avalon doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Avalon’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Avalon Limited/Touring’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve/Signature’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Mazda 6 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Mazda 6 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Avalon is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mazda 6 is less expensive to operate than the Avalon 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 Avalon, including $183 less for a water pump, $30 less for a muffler, $16 less for front brake pads, $307 less for a starter, $120 less for front struts and $999 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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

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