The 2019 Mazda6 is a midsize family sedan that punches well above its class. What do we mean by that? The Mazda6 has beautiful styling inside and out, with looks you’d expect to find on a vehicle that costs a lot more. Then there’s the incredible driving dynamics, which Phoenix Mazda shoppers compare with an expensive sports car. Taken together, the Mazda6 provides buyers with incredible value. It has been said that the sum of the Mazda6 is greater than its individual specs, with a blend of features that combine to form a car that is highly sought after.
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 is a midsize luxury sedan that potential buyers may be considering along with the 2019 Mazda6. We’ll take a look at both models to see which one emerges as the better buy.
Mazda6 buyers will save quite a bit of money compared with those who buy the Lexus ES 350. The 2019 Mazda6 has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) that starts at $24,720, while the 2019 Lexus ES 350 starts at $39,500. Even the Mazda6’s top-line Signature trim level costs less than the base ES 350. The 2019 Mazda6 Signature has an MSRP of $36,020. It’s easy to see why the Mazda6 is a popular model at the Mazda dealership near Phoenix and at dealers across the country.
In these times of uncertain gasoline prices, it makes sense to buy a fuel-efficient vehicle. The base engine in the 2019 Mazda6 is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that returns an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway. The base unit in the 2019 Lexus ES 350 is a 3.5-liter V6 that only gets 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway. Choose the F Sport model and those highway number drop by 2 mpg.
Suspension and Handling
The Mazda6’s standard front and rear gas-charged shocks provide more control when driving on bumpy roads. The ES 350 doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks. And with a turning circle of 36.7 feet, the Mazda6 is more maneuverable than the ES 350, which with 18- or 19-inch wheels, has a 38.8-foot turning circle.
The 2019 Lexus ES 350 is a good-looking sedan, but it just doesn’t have the same amount of curb appeal as the 2019 Mazda6. While looks are subjective, it’s not a stretch to say the Mazda6’s athletic stance and 19-inch alloy wheels give it a bold presence on the road. And the Mazda6 can be had in some exclusive eye-catching colors, such as Machine Gray Metallic and Red Crystal Metallic.
When you’re entrusting your family to a new vehicle, you want it to be as safe as possible. Both sedans provide great protection in the event of a collision, and both provide standard driver-assist features like lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning. But the Mazda6 takes it up a notch, with standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. To get these safety technologies in the ES 350, you’ll have to pay more, as they’re only available as options.
While there’s no denying the 2019 Lexus ES 350 is a solid midsize sedan, the Mazda6 is less expensive, provides better fuel economy, is more attractive and includes more standard safety technology. That’s why we declare the Mazda6 the winner of this competition.