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September 24, 2019

2020 Honda Accord EL vs Mazda6 Skyactiv-Turbo vs Toyota Camry 2.5 V

With the launch of the 2020 Honda Accord, the Japanese executive sedan “big three” has now seen either a substantial re-fresh or a full-blown model change. Eschewing a large displacement normally-aspirated engine, the Accord has now adopted turbocharged power, following the same path laid down, at least locally, by the Mazda6. Naturally, a spec brawl beckons.

Priced at P 2,288,000, the all-new, tenth-generation Accord is now the most expensive in this trio, with the Mazda6 2.5 Turbo coming in as the next most expensive (P 2,250,000), and surprisingly, the Camry now becoming the most affordable (P 2,007,000) of the lot.

Despite some complaints about the Camry’s carryover powertrain, the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder manages to withstand the test of time, almost matching the Accord’s new fangled 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo in power (184 horsepower vs 190 horsepower). It does gain an advantage in torque with its 231 Nm to the Accord’s 260 Nm. The biggest winner here though is the Mazda6’s 2.5-liter turbocharged engine which gives 38 percent more torque and 17 percent more horsepower.

The Mazda6’s strength continues with its impressive array of standard creature comfort features with its larger 19-inch rims, 11-speaker Bose sound system, ventilated front seats (with memory), and sunroof. It’s also the only executive sedan in this group to offer a 360-degree camera on top of the front and rear proximity sensors which are offered on both the Camry and Accord.

While the Accord does lose in way of luxury features, it makes a major comeback in terms of interior dimensions. With the exception of front hip and rear head room, it trounces these two. Furthermore, it’s got the largest trunk capacity.

In terms of safety features, Honda’s done well to embrace safety by making its Honda SENSING as standard equipment. This bundles things such as Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Auto High Beam. That said, the Mazda6 offers lane keep assist and automatic high beam control on top of blind spot indicators with cross traffic alert and a 360-degree camera—features that aren’t found in the Accord.

Which one makes for the most convincing case? Perhaps a head-to-head is needed to settle this debate.


  1. The Mazda 6 is the best equipped and the most elegant of the three. But it is also the tightest. Since most Filipinos are below 6 feet tall, that would be fine. So the Mazda 6 wins.

  2. I think it really depends on what aspect are you looking at as a buyer. Of course since you are looking at this segment, you're probably a CEO or an executive that's looking for something that has a slice of luxury in it but with a price that doesn't reach the BMW mark. So that's the benchmark. Now, the main question is do you wanna be driven or you wanna drive the car. Most people are gonna settle for the former, but some customers from this segment wants to do the job themselves. So here's my verdict:
    - Personally, I really love the mazda 6. Its a great car and definitely a looker. The design is already 7 years old but it still looks fresh up to now and the features are top notch! Based on the reviews I've watched on the 6, the drive is sporty and comfortable, especially that Nappa leather. So I think you should definitely go for the Mazda 6 if you want to drive it rather than being driven in it. But, if you prefer being driven most of the time, that's where it gets confusing. The mazda 6 doesnt have the biggest rear passenger room space in the bunch and the ride comfort is more catered to the driver's seat, not that the back seat is a bad place to be but you definitely know that its a driver's car. This is where the Honda Accord comes to the picture. This new model is really a huge improvement over the past iteration and definitely looks good, though the Mazda 6's design is still unbeatable IMO. The Accord's backseat is definitely the spot to be when you want to be driven around, and the features can keep up with the Mazda 6, especially with Honda Sensing. Actually both cars are pretty well leveled-up with each other its just the area where they're focused are somewhat different. So in other words, go for the 6 if you want to drive and go for the Accord if you want to be driven around most of the time. Oh and since their price range is near each other, either choice will be good.


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