2016 Mazda6 vs CX-5 Mega Mashup 0-60 MPH Performance Review: Sedan vs Crossover [video]

2016 mazda cx-5 vs mazda6 | tflcar.com

The Mazda CX-5 and the Mazda6 don’t really compete in the same class since one is a crossover and the other is sedan, but they do share the same powertrain–Mazda’s SKYACTIV 2.5-liter engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. In this TFL mega mashup review Emme and Nathan compare both cars at TFL Car’s test track and on the road in Colorado. Tune it see which car (or crossover) prevails.

The Mazda CX-5 is a joy to drive. Its sporty handling, sharp steering and strong brakes earn high marks. Inside, the crossover has attractive and practical cabin. Factor in top safety scores and impressive fuel economy, and the CX-5 adds up to a desirable compact crossover SUV worth every penny. Tough competition comes from the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and GMC Terrain.

The Mazda6 competes in a segment that is heavily contested with big hitters such as the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry. Sure, those cars may have available engines that are more powerful, but the Mazda6 has its own set of desirable qualities. It is fun to drive, handles amazingly well, is nimble in the turns, and works great as a daily driver.

2016 Mazda CX-5 AWD

  • SKYACTIV-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder
  • Power: 184 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Torque: 185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • EPA-estimated fuel economy (mpg): 24/30/26 city/hwy/combined
  • 0-60 mph test: 10.8 seconds
  • Price as tested: $33,855

2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring

  • SKYACTIV-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder with i-ELOOP
  • Power: 184 hp
  • Torque: 185 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic
  • EPA-estimated fuel economy (mpg): 28/40/32 city/hwy/combined
  • 0-60 mph test: 9.8 seconds
  • Price as tested: $33,395