[Expert car compare] 2013 Mazda 6 vs 2013 Honda Accord


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The 2013 Mazda 6 and the Honda Accord 2013 versions are so alike it's uncanny. If you are a fan of both, here's a breakdown of each car's pros and cons so you can make up your mind more easily!

1. Overview of 2013 Mazda 6 and Honda Accord

Between the 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Mazda 6, which car would you rather rock? The 2013 Honda Accord and the Mazda 6 may have a similar appearance and style. Both are sedans in the same range and share many close calls in performance and other specs. However, they are different as you will see from this comparison review by Naijauto.com.


The 2013 Honda Accord (Top) and the 2013 Mazda 6 (Bottom) are really close in specs and looks

  • Mazda 6 2013

The Mazda 6 is a six-speed automatic transmission sedan that comes with a curb weight of just 3,200 pounds when measured. The vehicle’s third generation, 2013 Mazda 6 is most often compared with the Honda Accord 2013 because of certain similarities they share.

Mazda 6’s redesign began in 2013 with added features such as its SKYACTIV-D engine, roof, change in wheels, and added aero parts; there is also the semi-bucket seat with Alcantara interior upholstery. After the redesign, the vehicle was unveiled in Tokyo Auto Salon, where it compared with other automobiles. The car comes in three trims namely, the iSport, iTouring and the iGrand Touring.

  • Honda Accord 2013

On the other hand, the 2013 Honda Accord is also a six-speed automatic transmission the redesign of which resulted in a new and better platform, engine, transmission, suspension, bodywork, advanced interior decor, electronics, and safety equipment.

The car comes in coupe or sedan versions while still affordable to users. It comes with a 4 wheel drive trims lineup of LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L, and Touring for sedan version; the coupe version has trim levels LX-S, EX, and EX-L.

2. Price comparison of 2013 Mazda 6 and 2013 Honda Accord

Below is the price comparison for the 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Mazda 6, including brand new, Tokunbo and Nigerian used prices.

Price comparison of 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Mazda 6
Model Honda Accord Mazda 6
Brand new (All Trims) 7.8 million - 12 million ₦7.5 million - ₦11.8 million
Tokunbo used 5 million - 7.2 million 2.5 million - 5 million
Nigeria used 2.5 million - 3.9 million 1.9 million - 3 million
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3. 2013 Mazda 6 vs 2013 Honda Accord Styling & Design

The vehicles hold few similarities in their exterior dimensions and measurements and they have comparable features such as well outlined edges and grilles. If their exterior structures are compared to other sedans in that range, they will definitely come out tops. However, if you want a more daring look between these two sedans, the 2013 Mazda 6 has a design that is more cohesive and daring.

Spec Honda Accord 2013 Mazda 6 2013
Wheelbase 109.3 inches 109.8 inches
Height 57.7 inches 57.9 inches
Length 191.4 inches 193.7 inches
Width 72.8 inches 72.4 inches

Having looked at the exterior, what do the interiors hold for us? In comparing the interior of these two, the 2013 Honda Accord has a very impressive and roomy interior, relatively more than that of the 2013 Mazda 6. The well designed and quality of the Accord 2013 interior is not easily ignored. Though, both cars have been provided with great features for the pleasant driving experience. The Accord comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display, the Mazda carries 5.8-inches. There are other features like the speaker audio system with CD player, auxiliary jack, USB port, satellite radio capability, navigation, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming and few others.


The 2013 Honda Accord cockpit (Top) and the 2013 Mazda 6cockpit (Bottom) both are great, but Honda is better

Both the 2013 Mazda 6 and the 2013 Honda Accord are both suitable for five passengers and that includes the driver’s seat and the front passenger’s seat. In the case of maximum seating space, the Mazda 6 has an edge. Drivers in the Mazda 6 will experience more comfy positioning than drivers in the Honda Accord. Even with these differences in the seating capacity, they still have the same measurement when measuring the head and legroom for both the drivers and rear seats.

When measured, the Honda has a front headroom 39.1 inches with legroom of 42.5 inches while the rear headroom is 37.5 and the legroom is 42.5 inches. The Mazda maintains a front headroom of 39.4 with a legroom of 42.5 inches just like the Accord but the rear head and legroom are 37.3 and 38.0 respectively, all in inches.


When it comes to legroom or cabin space, Accord has a clear advantage

Is a bigger cargo space the added feature you seek when deciding between the two? Then your best option should be the 2013 Mazda 6 as it has a cargo capacity of 16.6 cubic feet space compared to the Accord that has only 15.5 cube feet.


Mazda 6 2013 is the winner in terms of cargo space

4. Specifications of 2013 Mazda 6 vs 2013 Honda Accord

Here are a well displayed tabular comparison and information on what powers the 2013 Mazda 6 and the 2013 Honda Accord cars:

Specs Mazda 6 Honda Accord 2013
Engine 2.5L/152 2.4L/144
Fuel tank 18.5 17.2
Torque 167 @ 4000 181 @ 3900
Horsepower 170 @ 6000 185 @ 6400
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Fuel Economy Est.-City 21 24
Fuel Economy Est.-Combined 24 28
Fuel Economy Est. - Hwy 30 34

These cars are also basically at the same level when it comes to safety and security features. One of the changes that their automakers made was equipping them during redesigning with the addition of good safety features. As a rule, you always get more when going for the higher trims. You get safety values such as blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, anti-lock brakes, stability control, pretensioners, security system, front fog/driving lights, and driver lumbar support. There are as well as airbags for the side, front and overhead provided for the drivers and passengers in both cars.


Honda (top), Mazda (bottom), the Mazda 6 has a bigger engine but Honda Accord is way ahead on fuel economy

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5. Pros and Cons of 2013 Mazda 6 vs 2013 Honda Accord

To summarise the main information about these cars, we put here the outstanding pros and cons of both cars:

  2013 Mazda 6 2013 Honda Accord
  • Daring exterior
  • Good Cargo space
  • Basic Safety features
  • Fuel economy
  • Reasonable but not great resale value,
  • Impressive Interior
  • Great safety features
  • Quality interior material
  • Fuel economy
  • Good resale value and
  • Good features are little in the base trim.
  • Some user complained of confusing dual-screen layout in upper trims.
  • Cargo space not enough.


2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Mazda 6, which is better do you think?

6. Verdict

It would seem both cars are evenly matched on a lot of issues but the 2013 Honda Accord does seem to have points on the 2013 Mazda 6 on a few key issues like safety, fuel economy, and interior style. The Mazda 6 has the edge only on roominess. It is a close call, but ultimately the 2013 Honda Accord seems a better buy marginally.

>>> Reviews and Car prices  are available on Naijauto.com for your reference. Check it!

Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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