Like Honda, Toyota has been a top importer in the Japanese automobile market. Though, Mazda has been steadily muscling its way up the ranks. Famous for its eminently drivable Miata, US drivers have really taken to Mazda offerings in the past decade. But how does Mazda stand up to a monolith like Toyota?
In order to answer that question, we’ll pit the base model 2019 Mazda6 Sport against the base model 2019 Toyota Camry L. Who will win this head-to-head?
The Camry has 16 horsepower over the Mazda6, but it doesn’t seem to know how to apply it to the road. With a 0-60 of 7.9 seconds, the Camry is average at best. The Mazda6 does 0-60 in 6.7 seconds. Coupled with the adept automatic transmission, particularly at low RPM, driving around town or maneuvering through highway traffic with the Mazda6 highlights its athleticism.
Where the Camry is modest and mostly uninspiring, the Mazda6 is confident and pulse-pounding. It’s telling that the base Mazda6 model is called the ‘Sport’. The Mazda6 out-performs everything in its class when it comes to handling. There’s just enough body roll and feedback to reassure you, but its no-hesitation responsiveness to cornering and sure-footedness makes the Mazda6 feel like a much more expensive performance car.
We’ll admit that the Camry is a comfortable and spacious vehicle. It’s the epitome of a daily commuter. The Mazda6 spices things up a bit, going for a more upmarket feel. It doesn’t pretend to be a luxury vehicle, and thus avoids the pitfall of coming off as gaudy. With no squeaks or rattles, you’re able to appreciate the pleasant engine rumble and the Bose® sound system even more. Interested in driving the best handling sedan on the market? Call us or send us a message to schedule a test drive.