Toyota Camry vs. Mazda Mazda6

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, Automotive Editor - July 13, 2018

After nearly 36 years on the market, the Toyota Camry continues to offer consumers with unrivaled value, practicality, and versatility. With its ability to wear multiple hats, the Camry is one of America's best-selling cars, in spite of the ever-growing popularity of crossovers and SUVs. Thanks to recent changes, the Camry no longer blends in with the crowd and it even has a sporty side.

When it comes to getting into athletic, comfortable vehicles, Mazda continually ranks toward the top and the new Mazda6 carries the torch as being one of the prettiest and most enjoyable sedans to drive. How does the Mazda6 compare to the Camry? Continue reading to find out.

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What the Mazda6 Gets Right

The Mazda6's upscale exterior styling makes it look like a luxury vehicle, but it's the more affordable option of the two. The Mazda6 starts at $22,845, which includes destination. That's $1,720 less than the entry-level Camry that costs $24,565. The range-topping Mazda6 is more affordable than the top-of-the-line Camry, as well. The Mazda6 Signature is priced at $35,945, while the Camry XSE V6 has a price tag of $36,020.

While the exterior of the Mazda6 exudes luxury, the interior is also the more opulent of the two. Mazda fits its high-end trim with things like Nappa leather and Sen wood, which make the sedan feel like a real luxury car. There's also an 8.0-inch touchscreen, a Bose 11-speaker audio system, a surround-view camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a full-color Active Driving display with Traffic Sign Recognition.

Cargo capacity is another one of the Mazda6's strong suits, as the sedan is capable of holding up to 14.7 cubic feet of cargo. That's 0.6 cubic feet more than the Camry.

What the Camry Gets Right

Both the Camry and the Mazda6 are powered by a four-cylinder engine as standard, but the Camry's motor is the more powerful option. The Camry has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 203 horsepower. The Mazda6's four-cylinder is rated to make 187 hp. While the higher Mazda6 trims get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the Camry has an available 3.5-liter V6 engine. The Camry's V6 produces 301 hp, while the Mazda6's turbocharged engine generates 250 hp.

When it comes to interior room, the Camry is the more spacious of the two options. Toyota's sedan has more rear head room, rear shoulder room, front hip room, rear hip room, and front shoulder room. Overall, the Camry has more passenger volume than the Mazda6 at 100.4 cubic feet compared to 99.7 cubic feet.

Safety plays a large role in purchasing a vehicle, which is another area where the Camry shines. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) bestowed the Camry with its Top Safety Pick Plus award. While the Mazda6 scored well in all of the IIHS' crash tests, it wasn't named as a Top Safety Pick or a Top Safety Pick Plus.

Who's the Mazda6 For?

The Mazda6 continues to be one of the best-looking and most enjoyable sedans to drive on the market. The latest updates have made it even more luxurious and fun to drive. Anyone looking for a sedan that stands out in the crowd with its exterior design, opulent interior, and athletic feel will enjoy the Mazda6. But these things come at a price and require some compromises.

Our Verdict: Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry continues to be one of the best all-around vehicles in the mid-size sedan segment. Its fuel-efficient powertrains, impressive safety ratings, and more spacious interior make it the better choice for the majority of drivers.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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