The 6 GT-R also includes 19" wheels (vs 17" on the Accord), ventilated seats, NAVI, rear heated seats, and a few other features. IMO the 6 GT-R is the sweet spot for the 6 for performance, value, and features. If you're looking at price and go with the Accord 1.5T, you'll get a CVT transmission.
Most importantly, the way the 6 feels is amazing. Buttoned down. Solid. Handling is spot on. In comparison tests the Mazda Signature was only a few ticks behind the Accord Touring but the Mazda did it with more narrow tires; fuel economy/ride oriented tires, and does not have the Accord Touring's adjustable suspension... showing how well Mazda tuned the chassis. From what I've read and experienced, off the line acceleration isn't too impressive, but where you need it - passing, starting from a rolling stop, typical driving situations - the 6 has it where it matters most.
I wholeheartedly agree with this post! Very nicely said.
I drove the Accord 2.0T a couple times before going back to another 6. The Accord does have the 6 off the line, but if it's between an Accord or 6 on a two-lane stretch of road that's merging into one lane, I'd much rather have the 6. The overtaking/passing power of the 6 is simply astonishing, and the Accord simply can't keep up.
...and everyone has a accord.
Reason enough for me... lol
I'll put it this way: if you want a solid, reliable, Point A to Point B transportation device, pick the Accord. If you simply love to DRIVE, whether it's to the grocery store or cross-country on a road trip, and the sight of a curvy stretch of road makes you smile instead of cringe, get the 6!
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