Mazda CX-5 vs Hyundai Sonata

If you’re shopping for a midsize sedan, you’ve undoubtedly considered the Hyundai Sonata and the Mazda6. Both cars offer a range of features, spacious interiors, and excellent safety records, but which one is best-suited for your needs?

For drivers in Doral, Miami, Hialeah, and Kendall, we’ve placed the 2017 Hyundai Sonata and the 2017 Mazda6 side by side to compare all their available features and options. Read more from Ocean Mazda about the key differences between these two midsize sedans, and learn where you can go to test drive the winning vehicle.


The 2017 Mazda6 is equipped with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and is paired with a 6-speed transmission and front-wheel drive. The Hyundai Sonata is equipped with a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine, as well, which produces 154 horsepower and is also paired with a 6-speed transmission and front-wheel drive.

The similarities end there, however. Not only does the Mazda6 packs more horsepower, but it also has remarkably agile handling and a smooth ride. It also has light and responsive steering, a tighter turn radius, and effective and reliable brakes. The 2017 Sonata has a stiff ride for a sedan. Plus, the steering is clunky and doesn’t provide enough feedback for driver confidence.


In terms of space, both vehicles offer comparable headroom and legroom, with spacious interiors that comfortably seat adults. The trunk space is virtually equal as well, so both the Mazda6 and the Sonata are good vehicles for around-town driving and road trips. Still, the Sonata has a narrow trunk opening that limits its trunk space for larger items. The 2017 Mazda6 also uses high-quality, plush materials for the interior, while the 2017 Sonata blended cheaper materials into their interior styling.

Both vehicles offer state-of-the-art infotainment systems, but the Mazda6’s system is far more user-friendly and intuitive. The Hyundai Sonata’s infotainment system is difficult to navigate and has a too-sensitive touchscreen.

The 2017 Mazda6 offers several standard features, such as an anti-theft system, adjustable driver lumbar support, integrated turn signal mirrors, a remote keyless entry system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel—none of these features are available in the Hyundai Sonata. In addition, the Mazda6 has optional fog lamps, remote start, a navigation system, and an electrochromic rearview mirror, which aren’t available options for the Sonata.


Each vehicle scored a perfect 5-Star Safety Rating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. They both offer cutting-edge safety equipment as well, which includes a backup camera, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning. Although, the 2017 Mazda6 upped the ante with an automatic braking system for the Forward Collision Warning System.


The Mazda6 and the Hyundai Sonata are two reliable, safe, and comfortable midsize sedans. However, the standard and optional features, user-friendly technology, high-quality interior, and nimble performance of the Mazda6 edges out the Hyundai Sonata.

Drivers in Doral, Miami, Hialeah, and Kendall can experience the difference for themselves by visiting Ocean Mazda in Doral to schedule a test drive of the 2017 Mazda6. Contact us today!