2016 Mazda3 vs. 2016 Mazda6

When you look at the current Mazda lineup, you’ll realize there’s no shortage of great options to choose from. If you’re a driver in Bradenton or Tampa looking for a stylish, sporty, and well-equipped sedan, then the 2016 Mazda3 and the 2016 Mazda6 are sure to catch your eye. Both of these vehicles are leaders in every category from performance and fuel economy to features and design. If you’re trying to decide which of these fun-filled cars best suits your needs, then take a moment to see how they fare when compared side-by-side.

Both Vehicles at a Glance

  • Compact car
  • MSRP from $17,845
  • 2.0L inline-four or 2.5L inline-four engine, dependent on trim level
  • 96.3 cubic feet of passenger space; available hatchback for more max cargo
  • Midsize car
  • MSRP from $21,495
  • 2.5L inline-four engine on all trims
  • 99.7 cubic feet of passenger space

How Much Cargo Space Do You Need?

While both models are available in a sedan format with a traditional trunk, only the 2016 Mazda3 is offered as a versatile hatchback with more maximum cargo room when needed. The 2016 Mazda6 trunk offers a total of 14.8 cubic feet of cargo room—a generous amount of space for a midsize sedan, but it’s not as much as you’ll get if you choose the Mazda3 hatchback. In this format, the Mazda3 gets 20.2 cubic feet behind the back seat, and 47.1 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold the back seat down. On the other hand, the Mazda3 sedan comes with a lesser 12.4 cubic feet, enough for a compact sedan but less than the Mazda6 sedan and Mazda3 hatchback.

How Many Passengers Can You Fit?

2016 Mazda6While both of these models offer standard seating for up to five passengers and a premium cabin environment, there is a size difference that you may want to note. The 2016 Mazda3 passenger volume of 96.3 cubic feet is spacious for a compact car, providing 55.5 inches of front legroom and 53.5 inches of rear legroom. However, the 2016 Mazda6 comes with a cabin that offers 99.7 cubic feet of passenger space. That’s to provide even more legroom, with 56.1 inches in both front and back.

What Kind of Features Do You Want?

The 2016 Mazda3 and the 2016 Mazda6 both offer plenty of standard equipment in the cabin. Regardless of which trim you choose, you’ll get Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted cruise control, HD Radio, and much more. Still, there are some amenities that set them apart from one another.

While both models have a rearview camera, only the Mazda3 provides one on the base trim. Also, the Mazda3 base trim can be purchased with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerts. You can get both of these on the Mazda6 as well, but it will come at the cost of a trim level upgrade.

What Level of Performance Do You Prefer?

The base engine on the 2016 Mazda3 is a 2.0L inline-four engine that makes 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and can achieve up to 41 mpg highway and 30 mpg city. You can also pay more to get your Mazda3 with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, which gets a powerful 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque while reaching an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway and 29 mpg city when equipped with the available i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

The 2.5L inline-four makes the same amount of power on the 2016 Mazda6. It’s the only engine available for this model, which means you’ll get more power upfront than with the Mazda6. The Mazda6 may be a bit heavier, but fuel economy is virtually identical with up to an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway and 28 mpg city.

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

These two models are a tight comparison in many areas, but there is a notable difference when it comes to cost. The 2016 Mazda3 has an MSRP from $17,845 for the 2016 Mazda3 i Sport trim. A 2016 Mazda6 starts at a more expensive MSRP from $21,495. That’s still an affordable starting price for a midsize sedan with everything the Mazda6 has to offer, but it could make a significant difference for some buyers. To round it out, the Mazda3 hatchback starts at $18,545.

2016 Mazda3
2016 Mazda6

Take Both Models for a Drive at Cox Mazda

It’s hard to know which vehicle is right for you before getting behind the wheel. Both the 2016 Mazda3 and the 2016 Mazda6 are on sale now at Cox Mazda. We’re open seven days a week, so contact us to set up a test drive, and then visit us at 3101 Cortez Rd. W. in Bradenton, FL.