2020 Mazda 6 vs. 2020 Volvo S60

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Safety

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Both the Mazda 6 and the S60 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.

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 S60 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 Volvo covers the S60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Mazda 6’s reliability 45 points higher than the S60.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 12th in initial quality. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 21st in reliability. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Volvo is ranked 29th.

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 S60 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 S60 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mazda 6 has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the S60 FWD’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 S60:

Mazda 6

S60

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

139 feet

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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 S60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Mazda 6 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the S60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Chassis

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The Mazda 6 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 850 pounds less than the Volvo S60.

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 S60 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 S60 is rated a Compact.

The Mazda 6 has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S60 (99.7 vs. 96).

The Mazda 6 has 1 inch more front headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the S60.

Cargo Capacity

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The Mazda 6 has a much larger trunk than the S60 (14.7 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mazda 6 has standard extendable sun visors. The S60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 S60 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

The Mazda 6 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Mazda 6 will retain % of its original price after five years, while the S60 only retains -498.28% to 42%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mazda 6 is less expensive to operate than the S60 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 S60, including $270 less for a water pump, $323 less for a muffler, $47 less for front brake pads, $284 less for a starter and $322 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda 6, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo S60 isn't recommended.

The Mazda 6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 6 years. The S60 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mazda 6 outsold the Volvo 60 Series by 50% during the 2019 model year.

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