Within the past few decades, imported car sales in the US have skyrocketed, with companies like Toyota and Honda leading the charge. Poised to take the international import crown are companies like Mazda and Hyundai, offering attractive options at affordable prices. Among those options are the 2019 Mazda6 and 2019 Hyundai Sonata, midsize sedans that are popular alternatives to the omnipresent Camry and Accord.
A popular model for Mazda, the Mazda6 is stylish, yet reasonably priced, without feeling like a budget option. In this head-to-head comparison, we see if the 2019 Hyundai Sonata SE can go toe-to-toe with the brilliant Mazda6 Sport.
2019 Mazda6 Sport
2019 Hyundai Sonata SE
|2.5L inline 4-cyl||Engine||2.4L inline 4-cyl|
|187 hp / 186 ft-lbs||Horsepower / Torque||185 hp / 178 ft-lbs|
|6-speed shiftable automatic||Transmission||6-speed shiftable automatic|
|26 / 35 / 29 mpg||Fuel Economy||26 / 35 / 29 mpg|
The numbers here are almost identical, but they don’t tell the whole story. With just 2 more horsepower, the Mazda6 does 0-60 MPH in 7.3 seconds, whereas the Sonata does 0-60 MPH more than a full second slower at 8.4 seconds. The Mazda is better at braking too, taking 121 feet in dry conditions and 137 feet in wet conditions to go from 60-0 MPH. The Sonata takes 129 feet and 155 feet respectively. We find these differences to be most effectual during highway driving where distances are longer, speeds faster, and traffic more unpredictable.
It should also be noted that the Mazda6 has an engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders to improve fuel efficiency beyond the EPA-estimated fuel economy; the Sonata doesn’t have any systems like this. The Mazda6 also has better standard quality-of-life features such as remote start, one-touch power windows, and automatic/self-adjusting windshield wipers.
To schedule a test drive or chat about many Mazda6 trims and packages, contact us at Hall Cars in Brookfield, Wisconsin.