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Mazda3 vs Mazda6 how to decide?

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I'm in the market for a new used car. My criteria is that its a nice looking car, its reliable, but also important that its fun to drive and gives me enjoyment and not just another appliance (cough toyota cough). So this naturally brings me to mazda as my most likely choice right now with honda being close second. Now my main question is between the 3 or the 6 which is better? personally I like compact cars for their easy manuverability but my family thinks the bigger six is better because of the space. Objectively which is the better choice? how to pick between the two and is there any difference between them on a daily basis? Now when it comes to honda I'd also consider the accord as my second option mainly the ninth gen and only the new civics as I dont consider the older civics good enough to be purchased. The accord would be a close second after the mazda as a good all around car. However, is a midsize family sedan worth buying over a nice fun compact car like the mazda3?

Priorities: Exterior styling / Reliability & durability / Materials & workmanship

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 60000
Maximum age: 6 years

Maximum price: US $ 12000

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Response from Sea-Dan

6:24 pm August 3, 2020

You really can't go wrong with any of the cars you mention; all three are great cars, but there are significant differences.

Both Mazda 3 & Mazda 6 are fun to drive cars with excellent overall reputations. The M6 is a sleeper and has not sold well in the US so it will be harder to find. But, thanks to its sleep status, will probably cost less than similary equipped M3. A quick search for model years 2014 through 2016 in Seattle area shows 10 M6s priced under $13K vs 26 M3s. So the selection of M3 is significantly better.

Aside from price, I'd say it boils down to your size and comfort preferences. The M6 being is larger and will be more comfy. The M3, being smaller, will be more sporty but a bit rougher in the comfort category.

The Honda Accord is perannually a well made favorite of many and a notch better overall than a Mazda. It will be larger and more refined that either Mazda and due to its popularity, will cost more. To get a similarly equipped and priced Accord vs a M6 you would probably have get a year older, higher mileage Accord.

We always appreciate hearing what you end up with and why. Happy car hunting!

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Response from LectroFuel

12:17 am August 4, 2020

I think you should look at the Mazda 3. You likely will have to go to an older 2012-2015 Civic and those are not that nice, though they are reliable. The newest generation Accord 2018+ is much nicer than the 2013-2017, but I still like the 2013-2017 Accords. However, I like the idea of a used Mazda more because you get a nicer/newer car for the money. Also, Mazdas are subjectively better styled by far.

The 2014-2015 Mazda 6 was a little outdated in the interior like with the infotainment. It is also a sedan that is much smaller on the inside than the Accord with which it competes with. It has the same 2.5L engine available in the Mazda 3. It is more sporty than the Accord, but the Accord is more comfortable.

As I mentioned in your previous post last month, my two sons have 2015 and 2017 Mazda 3s, one with the 2.0 engine and one with the 2.5. I think these are better than the Mazda 6 and even the Hondas. They are available in a hatchback that gives you much more cargo space. The interior is very nice for the segment. They are very fun to drive. The 2.5L is worth the upgrade if you want a more effortless acceleration. The only problem we had was the 2017 had the sunroof explode randomly, a very rare problem with these. Luckily the sunshade was closed so nothing got in the car. Reliability ratings are great for all Mazda 3s, but 2012+ is better.

The Hondas are more comfortable, quiet, spacious, and have better resale value. I would go with the Mazda 3 though.

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Response from Avertus

3:18 pm August 4, 2020

thanks for the reply lectrofuel and everyone. When i look at every car publication they always put the honda accord universsally above the mazda6. I really like both the new honda accord and the civic honda has been killing it with their new offerings but I think the honda civic is a bit beyong my budget and like you said the older civics are not great. i wonder why the accord is so highly rated when the mazda6 is sportier than the accord? the mazda6 is interestingly faster on the 0-60 than the mazda3. If i do get the mazda3 im looking at the 2015 like the one your son has or maybe even 2016 if i can get it for a good price. 2015 mazda3, accord, or mazda6 seems very possible now but Im also like you kinda of leaning towards the 3.

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Response from LectroFuel

3:14 am August 6, 2020

The 2018+ Accord is more highly rated than the Mazda6 because sportiness and steering feel aren't important to most buyers. The Accord is the better car for people who aren't swayed by the styling and feel of the Mazda6. The Mazda is more cramped and less practical than the Accord due to the styling of the Mazda. Also, the ride and road noise is a little more pronounced in the Mazda. The interior technology is also not as modern as the Accord's.

One thing I forgot to mention is that I LOVE the seat comfort of the leather seats in the current gen Civic and Accord. Mazda's are ok (not great), but I think Honda wins in seat comfort. I actually think Mazda's fabric seats are more cushy and comfortable than the leather ones.

For the Mazda3, there wasn't much of a different between 2015 and 2016 at all. So, go for a 2015 if you want and it won't make much of a difference compared to 2016. 2017 was a slight refresh that had a softer ride and less road noise, the addition of an electric parking brake, new steering wheel and higher-res infotainment screen, etc. Some of the Mazda3s are made in Mexico (I think only 2017+ some were from Mexico) and some are from Japan. If the VIN starts with "J", then it is Japanese-made and starting with "3" is Mexican-made. People say the Mexican ones are of lower quality, but I doubt it. I haven't seen any trend proving this. A lot of cars are made in Mexico and it isn't a huge deal.

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