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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-21-2018, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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What competes with the 2018 M6 Turbo?

Hi all,
I'm currently shopping around and wondered what alternatives to the 2017/18 M6 were considered when doing your research.

The M6 would be my first mid-size sedan previous owner of 3 M3s and an M5 (for the fam!). I'm looking at:
Accord Turbo
Elantra Turbo
'19 Jetta

Are there any others that competed for your interest?
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I actually compared my sig turbo to Audi and other sedans 40-50K.

And felt like it was more than competive while daving ~15k

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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.

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The accord looks nice from side profile, but the front and nose take away any chance of a sporty or unique look. From a straight on front view it looks like any other Honda Civic or Accord from the last 20 years.

The new 2018 Mazda 6 has the best looking front end out there, including vs $60k Lexus.
The 6 is just sexy and stands out.
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Hi all,
I'm currently shopping around and wondered what alternatives to the 2017/18 M6 were considered when doing your research.

The M6 would be my first mid-size sedan previous owner of 3 M3s and an M5 (for the fam!). I'm looking at:
Accord Turbo
Elantra Turbo
'19 Jetta

Are there any others that competed for your interest?
I think you'll find the Jetta and Elantra much too small if you're considering the 6. Hyundai makes a great car (we're leasing a base model AT '17 Elantra which is fine and it was CHEAP) but the driving enjoyment just isn't there.

The Passat would be more in line, but I personally don't think VWs are reliable (or cheap to maintain) at all and the company has a LOT of baggage.

I guess you could look at a Camry or Maxima, but really my two top choices would be the 6 or the Accord 2.0T, which miraculously still comes in a stick.

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I was considering the Accord ,Camry and the Lexus IS turbo.
The Camry's v6 still gets good reviews, so I would definitely make sure you check that out as the other manufacturers have dropped the 6 cylinder options, or at least the ones I was considering. I wish I would have checked out a Camry and compared the engine to the Mazda's turbo setup. I certainly don't regret my purchase but the v6 would just sound so nice.

The Accord still seems to be getting praise, so you should definitely check it out.


I never made it to the Lexus dealer to try out an IS but I find them quite nice (I don't have kids so I don't care that much about rear seat room).
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I was considering the Accord ,Camry and the Lexus IS turbo.
The Camry's v6 still gets good reviews, so I would definitely make sure you check that out as the other manufacturers have dropped the 6 cylinder options, or at least the ones I was considering. I wish I would have checked out a Camry and compared the engine to the Mazda's turbo setup. I certainly don't regret my purchase but the v6 would just sound so nice.

The Accord still seems to be getting praise, so you should definitely check it out.


I never made it to the Lexus dealer to try out an IS but I find them quite nice (I don't have kids so I don't care that much about rear seat room).
The Camry is not bad, Lexus IS is a RWD-biased car and in a totally different category from the rest. The turbo engine is a major dissapointment - not fast at all. If you're considering a RWD 350 then I would go for that.

There's also the Maxima.
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You are asking all Mazda 6 lovers so obviously you can expect us to be inclined in favor of it, but like a lot of others said I would only consider the Accord as a choice. I have seen too many friends owning VWs with so many reliability issues.

IMO - The 6 beats the Accord in overall looks and finish. The previous Accords felt a little roomier than the 6 but I don’t know about the 2018 with the sloping roof profile.

Take a test drive and see which one talks to you.
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In my mind, these are the main competitors:

Chevy Malibu or low/mid trim Impala
Honda Accord turbo
Toyota Camry v6
Nissan Altima 3.5L SL or low/mid trim Maxima or even possibly the Infiniti versions of these.
Subaru Legacy 3.6R
Jetta turbo or maybe low/mid trim Passat
Ford Fusion turbo (or older V6 models)
Maybe a low-end BMW 325i (sort of a reach)
Low-end Audi A4 (size is probably closer to Passat based A6)

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The Passat would be a closer competitor to the 6 than the Jetta. The Jetta is a compact and is more closely aligned to the 3 than the 6. Surprised no one has mentioned the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T or Kia Optima SX. Personally, I think they both drive like appliances but for people wanting feature content they're hard to beat.
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