Hey guys, my 07 Accord is falling apart and I am in the market for a new or CPO 2016 Accord EX or 2016 Mazda6 Touring.
I am leaning towards the Mazda6 though.
It would be in this specification:
2016 Mazda6 Touring - Auto - Meteor Gray w/ Tech & Moonroof Package.
I called a few dealerships and they said they only have it with moonroof and no tech. I am in the SF Bay Area.
How much do you guys think is a good price for this car in this specification?
Or just wait it out to see what the 2017 Mazda6 or 2017 Honda Accord EX are going to be like?
I used to own a 2001 Accord V6 which was giving me trouble so I upgraded to the 15 Mazda 6 Touring. HUGE upgrade. I don't have the tech package but the technology is amazing (rear view camera, blind spot monitors, etc.). Now, I test drove the 4-cylinder EX Accord and the Mazda 3 before making my decision. Before going to the dealerships, my heart was set on Honda based on my previous experience (Accord ran for 15 years in the family). Honda makes reliable and dependable cars but the only reason for my disappointment with all their new models is the stupid CVT, I can't stress enough how much I hate CVTs. Ruins the whole driving experience for me. The 2016 Accords were facelifted this year and I really like the new look. The accord's engine "pep" was great but CVT killed the deal for me. Also, imo Mazda 6 looks way more refined, especially in the cabin. Mazda used plenty of soft-touch materials (dash, door panels, etc) and overall, it feels a lot like you're sitting in an Audi. I get so many compliments on it and people think its a Jaguar lol
In terms of features, I feel like you're going to get more for your money going with the Mazda 6 touring as opposed to the accord ex. The only things I don't like about our Mazda 6 is:
1) Audio/Bluetooth interface is too clunky but I think they improved it with the 2016.
2) Engine "pep". I feel like the car lacks a bit of "oomph" (for me) but Im just spoiled from the old V6 accord's engine. If you're coming from a 4-cylinder accord, you will be very pleased with the engine, transmission and sporty driving dynamics. With that being said, I drove other 4-cylinder cars (veloster, mazda3, civic, etc.) and the 6 felt like it had the best driving dynamics.
3) GT model is way too expensive at ~$30k. Thats the same territory as a V6 Accord which I would take over our car simply because its a V6.
Between the 2 cars you mentioned, the deciding factor for me would be price. According to 'truecar', pricing in SF Bay Area (94105 Area code) for a 2016 Mazda 6 in meteor gray with tech + moonroof package is around $28,000+. The EX-L V6 accord is ~$29,000 but depending on the features you want, you might have to get the touring. If I could afford a 2016 V6 accord, I'd get it over the 6. However, I would take any mazda 6 trim over a 4 cylinder CVT Accord. This is only my opinion. Best thing to do is go to the dealerships and see which one is more appealing to YOU. If you're Ok with CVT and like the accord better, then get it. They are both beautiful and dependable cars and you can't go wrong with either. I hope this helps and good luck
I would recommend that you wait a few weeks/months before jumping on the new accords. You might get a better price because right now, I believe they are a bit new to the dealerships due to the new facelift (I may be wrong on this).