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Elantra absolutely not. Jetta I don't know anything about, but based on VW's engine history it won't be the most reliable and is ridden with electronic issues.
The leaves you down to the Accord and 6. It's a big toss-up and depends on what you want. The Mazda is slightly more sporty and offers more driver feel. The Accord offers a manual transmission with the bigger engine, and the 2.0T is flat-out a bit faster with a more linear powerband. The Mazda will have a more punchy mid-range/more torque which is useful for daily driving. Has some serious potential with an ECU tune due to the extra displacement. In this case it will need expensive custom work on the differential, wider tires and some suspension adjustments to properly put down the punchy 2.5L's torque. Inside and out, it's a toss-up again (I think the Mazda looks better inside and out yet Honda's exterior is still nice minus the back)
Build quality and reliability? Honda. The chassis and steering has less tactile feel but is better balanced.
Verdict? Test-drive both and decide for yourself, then tell us which one you liked best and why.
Last edited by Get Inline; 08-21-2018 at 11:00 PM.