Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Toyota Camry VS 2016 Mazda 6 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Toyota Camry

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2016 Mazda 6

Safety Comparison

Both the Camry and the Mazda6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Mazda6:





5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Mazda6:



Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

107.67 G’s

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

20 cm

22 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Warranty Comparison

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mazda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 6.

There are over 69 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry third among midsize cars in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The Mazda6 isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 15th.

Engine Comparison

The Camry XSE/XLE’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 84 more horsepower (268 vs. 184) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (248 vs. 185) than the Mazda6’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Camry V6 is faster than the Mazda6 (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.2 sec

13.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.8 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.6 MPH

87.9 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Camry stops shorter than the Mazda6:



60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Camry SE is quieter than the Mazda6 Grand Touring:



At idle

38 dB

42 dB


72 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Camry has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mazda6 (102.7 vs. 99.7).

The Camry has .4 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mazda6.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Camry has a larger trunk than the Mazda6 (15.4 vs. 14.8 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Camry. The Mazda6 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

Consumer Reports rated the Camry’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Mazda6’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Camry has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Mazda6 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Camry’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Mazda6 and aren’t offered on the Mazda6 Sport.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Camry will retain 50.63% to 54.18% of its original price after five years, while the Mazda6 only retains 48.13% to 48.51%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $483 to $3660 less than for the Mazda6.

Recommendations Comparison

The Toyota Camry has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



Consumer Reports® Recommends



Kiplinger’s Awards



Motor Trend selected the Camry as their 2007 Car of the Year. The Mazda6 has never been chosen.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Mazda6 by over 8 to one during 2014.

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