Fuel Economy: 25 City / 37 Hwy
MSRP: Starting at $21, 495
Inside the 2015 Mazda Mazda6:
The 2015 Mazda6 is a mid-sized sedan that has been in production since 2002 and is currently in its 2nd generation model. At the 2014 LA Auto Show, Mazda showcased the redesigned 2016 Mazda6 which looks much more aggressive with a new sport grill. The 2015 Mazda6 is still very sporty with a 186 horsepower, Skyactiv-G 2.5L engine. This gives the Mazda6 an EPA-estimated fuel rating of 25 city / 37 highway miles per gallon with a maximum fuel economy of 28 city / 40 hwy when you add the technology package. Trim packages include the base model Sport and upgrade options of the Touring and Grand Touring. Consumers have the choice between seven exterior colors and two interior colors.
The Mazda6 not only boasts one of the better fuel economy ratings among its direct competition, but it also offers a suite of safety and technology options along with many impressive standard features. The entry level Sport package is equipped with a Bluetooth hands-free system, rearview camera, remote keyless entry and tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The available safety features inside the Mazda6 include Blind Spot Monitoring, Smart City Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert System and Forward Obstruction Warning. These available options gave the 2015 Mazda6 a Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS.
Fuel Economy: 25 City / 35 Hwy
MSRP: Starting at $22,970
Inside the 2015 Toyota Camry:
The Toyota Camry was the best-selling car on the market for 2014. The Camry has been a staple in the Toyota lineup since production began in 1982. The current Camry is in its 10th generation which was last redesigned in 2011. The Toyota Camry includes a 2.5L, 4-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower. The fuel economy of the Camry is above average with a rating of 25 city and 35 highway miles per gallon. The Camry is available in a hybrid option which raises the fuel rating to a maximum 43 city and 39 highway MPG. In addition to the hybrid option, buyers also have the option of a V6 3.5L engine with increased speed and handling. The Camry is available in seven different trim options between the LE, SE, XLE and XSE along with hybrid engine offerings of Hybrid LE, Hybrid SE and Hybrid XLE. The Camry comes in nine exterior colors and two interior fabric color options
While not considered a new generation, the 2015 Camry received a facelift that makes it appear much more aggressive and stylish. The entry level LE package comes with features such as heated outside mirrors, Entune Audio system, and a 6.1in touch screen display. As you move up through trim packages, additional features become available, such as sport-tuned suspension, tilt and telescopic sport steering wheel, Entune Audio Plus package and Bluetooth hands-free controls. The Toyota Camry was also awarded the Top Safety Pick Plus award by the IIHS.
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Base Model: Mazda Mazda6
While the Toyota Camry is a more popular option with consumers, the Mazda6 actually offers more standard equipment with features like a rear view camera and Bluetooth hands-free controls. These are options only when you look at upgraded models of the Toyota Camry.
Upgrades: Toyota Camry
While the base model Mazda6 gives you more features, the Toyota Camry gives more drivetrain options with not only a more powerful V6 engine but the hybrid which is available in three trim packages.
The Toyota Camry has a ton of versatility with a range of options that take this vehicle from a family sedan to a racing and sport inspired option, complete with sport-tuned suspension and aggressive engine. If fuel economy is your top priority, the Camry is also available in a hybrid which only further displays the options the Camry gives to consumers. We look for the redesigned 2016 Mazda Mazda6 to give the Camry a run for its money, or the car-buying consumer’s money for that matter, as it will attempt to knock the Camry out of its spot as the top selling passenger vehicle in America.