Mazda 6 and Hyundai Sonata: Holiday Bargains
by: The Car Family
If you are looking for a holiday gift that should please everyone the Mazda 6 and Hyundai’s Sonata Eco are ideal considerations. They both have ample space to carry Santa’s surprises, good performance, and are realistically priced starting in the low $20,000 range. Not bad considering the average new car price is over $33,000. These cars have room for five and average over 32 mpg in daily use. With holiday travel and safety in mind, The Car Family took a long look at these two sedans and found that they were not only bargains, but loaded with features.
Overlooked, the Mazda 6 is not only a good buy, but an exceptional family fun sedan with a frisky disposition and a responsive engine. If you opt for its I-Eloop system you can get over 30 miles per gallon and you don’t sacrifice quickness. The Mazda 6 is energetic, maneuverable, and nimble. The steering is excellent as are the brakes. This is just a fun daily driver with a distinctive look and a let’s go attitude that would make the ride to grandma’s house more hospitable on the jammed freeway drive.
Jolly fun sedans, these two are outcasts considering that the competition is ripe with agreeable rides from Toyota, Chevrolet, Nissan, and Kia. However, none were as fun to drive as the Mazda 6 or as agreeable to those on a budget as the Sonata Eco. The Mazda Grand Touring was loaded with safety items including anti-lock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat and side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, rear view camera, parking sensors, blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring, frontal collision mitigation system, and a forward collision warning system. The trunk is ample with a fairly low lift-over and the doors open wide enough to make entry wearing a shorter dress worry free. This car also features plenty of storage areas and comfortable seats. Overall, the Mazda 6 would make any holiday entertaining.
The Sonata Eco is one of the most unobtrusive vehicles on the market. The interior and exterior don’t ruffle any feathers so keep that proximity key handy because the Eco’s exterior blends in with the other sedans in parking lots. The interior has an abundance of storage areas, an easy-to-use communication/stereo system with a seven-inch touch monitor. Visibility is excellent in all directions. The trunk is large with a low lift-over height. The 60/40-split-folding rear seat adds to the Eco’s usefulness. An optional automatic trunk opener is highly unusual. If you stand behind the Eco for more than three seconds the trunk opens automatically. This alone is worth a trip to the dealer. Safety wise the Sonata has antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee bag and other features. Overall, the Sonata Eco is a competent, useful, and compelling family vehicle at a bargain price.
The Mazda is a front wheel drive sedan powered by a 2.5-liter engine that makes 184 horsepower and can even be ordered with a manual transmission if the six-speed automatic transmission isn’t to your liking. The Mazda 6 feels light on its feet with a sporty feel and is eager to please. Quiet, efficient, and easy to love, the Mazda 6 is athletic and appareling to those who want a practical car that lives up to Mazda’s zoom-zoom message.
Hyundai’s Eco is no slouch in the fun to drive category. The turbocharged 1.6-liter engine is responsive and the sedan has a fairly tight turning radius taking the worry out of tight parking situations. Overall, it is a pleasant vehicle with a plethora of standard features and excellent safety and reliability scores. Driving respectfully, whatever that means, a Las Vegas holiday trip can be made without refueling.
Young working woman’s view:
Mazda’s Grand Touring has some impressive option packages, but the best value is the 5 years/60,000 miles warranty with 10 years/100,000 miles on the drivetrain. Very reassuring to those who may want to stray from the usual marques. I liked how comfortable it was to drive and its unique look. I won’t mind this as a holiday gift, but I found the Sonata Eco more appealing to my practical side. A lot of people have underestimated this Hyundai as the exterior styling is very generic. However, it is easy to drive, makes fast work of passing, and has a large trunk with a warranty similar to the Mazda. I found it comfortable and reassuring. Young sort of working male’s view: Back to school and working part-time makes one appreciate the advantages of being rich. Until that day arrives, I must scuttle my dreams of a new Lexus and remind myself of the benefits of such cars as the Mazda 6 that can offer us non-lottery winners affordability, dependability and not be a total bore to drive. The rear seat is actually usable and the trunk can hold nearly 15 cubic feet of Amazon Prime bargains. The base version is listed just over $20,000, but options can push the price over $30,000.
Hyundai offers Bluetooth, satellite and HD radio, a USB port, a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and a rearview camera. The Blue Link system allows you to lock and unlock your car using your smartphone. The Sonata’s entertainment and information system is called Android Auto that integrates your Android based cell phone with the vehicle. Hyundai’s emergency telematics system can track young drivers’ speed among other things. (Sorry guys.) The Apple CarPlay can calm the “Are we there yet?” passengers. Family conference: Two great sedans that are often overlooked, the featured laden Sonata Eco and Mazda 6 are tempting bargains.