It can often feel like the fun has been taken out of driving. Car companies focus on utility, efficiency, and safety—all of which are incredibly important. However, the fun is lost. Not with Mazda. And not at the expense of utility, efficiency, and safety either. This is one of the reasons why Mazda was just named 2020’s “Best Car Brand” by US News and World Report. This is the fifth consecutive time that Mazda has earned the accolade.
So how do their vehicles stand up against the competition? Let’s take a look. Today we’re comparing the 2020 Mazda6 and the 2020 Hyundai Sonata.
2020 Mazda6 Touring
2020 Hyundai Sonata SEL
|187 hp / 186 lb-ft
||Horsepower / Torque||191 hp / 181 lb-ft
|6-speed shiftable auto
||Transmission||8-speed shiftable auto
It comes as no surprise that the 2020 Mazda6 drives better than most anything else in its segment. In particular, its handling and steering are exceptional. It stays poised and in-control even in inclement weather conditions. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder is quick and responsive. The optional 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gives more power and torque, further improving responsiveness. The 2020 Sonata isn’t terrible by any means, but by comparison, its acceleration is lackluster and its steering is floaty.
The 2020 Mazda6 is sleek, inside and out. The materials used in the cabin are exceptional, especially on upper trims. Premium leather upholstery, wood accents, and minimalist controls lend themselves to the feeling of a German luxury vehicle, but without the high-end price tag. Again, the 2020 Sonata is not a bad vehicle, but it just can’t compare. Even when considering the upper trims of the Sonata, it’s just not in the same class.
Interested in the 2020 Mazda6? Come to Hall Mazda in Milwaukee and test one for a test drive.