The 2018 Camry and the Mazda 6: Which Is the Better Buy?

Posted Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

The 2018 Toyota Camry and the 2017 Mazda 6 certainly seem very similar at first glance. Both are similarly styled mid-size sedans, with similar capabilities and utility, but there are plenty of differences between the two vehicles—enough that, depending on your needs and lifestyle, one may be a better choice than the other.


So, if you’re not sure whether you’re ready to head over to a Los Angeles Toyota dealer or look into a Mazda, this article will give you a side-by-side comparison of the two, giving you the information you need to decide which one is right for you.

Check Your Engines

Right off the bat, the first comparison is the choice of power plants for both vehicles. While the 2017 Mazda 6 only comes with one engine, the 2.5-ltr. SkyActiv-G inline-4 engine, delivering a respectable 184 horsepower, the 2018 Toyota Camry comes with two choices for engines, a similar 2.5-ltr. inline-4 engine that puts out 205 horsepower, and a top-of-the-line, respect commanding 3.5-ltr. V6 engine which boasts an impressive and pulse-pounding 300 horsepower.

The Mazda 6 also only comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, whereas the Toyota Camry comes with an 8-speed automatic, or, in the case of the hybrid Camry, a continuously variable transmission. As for efficiency, the 2017 Mazda 6 boasts a fuel efficiency of 26/38 miles per gallon, with i-ELOOP equipped models achieving 28/40. The similar engine of the Camry achieves a slightly better 29/41mpg, with the hybrid version getting as much as 53mpg on the highway.

How About Electronics?

For electronics, the 2018 Toyota Camry comes standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense suite of electronic safety enhancements, such as brake assist, adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, and more. The Mazda 6 has electronic safety features available as well; however, they require the addition of a package or an upgrade to a higher trim model to gain.


Also standard on the new Toyota Camry, and first on any Toyota vehicle, is Toyota’s Entune 3.0 infotainment system, which is an open-source operating system powered by Linux, allowing independent developers to create and develop applications compatible with the Camry’s infotainment system.

Other Features Prove Which One Is the Winner

The 2018 Toyota Camry has been upgraded and refined for this model year and it shows. Much has been done to improve drivability, technological loadout, and functionality. The 2017 Mazda 6, despite being last year’s model, still offers an excellent value and driving experience.

While the 2017 Mazda 6 is certainly an excellent car, and was, no doubt, at the top of the heap last year, the game has been changed with the introduction of the 2018 Toyota Camry. If you’re looking for a car with all the latest technology, features, and power, without sacrificing efficiency, comfort, or style, then the 2018 Toyota Camry is far and away your best choice.

For more information about the 2018 Toyota Camry, including pricing, options, and availability, please contact North Hollywood Toyota at (800) 800-6730. North Hollywood Toyota is one of the best Toyota dealers in Southern California, and our sales and support staff are ready and more than happy to assist you with your automobile needs.