2011 Mazda
6 i Grand Touring
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Sonata GLS

2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring

9.5

starting from

$27,615
"Sporty driving dynamics."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's handling
"Big trunk."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's storage

Reasons to buy the Mazda 6 i Grand Touring

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Leather
Standard
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Moon roof
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
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Navigation system
Optional
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS

8.3

Runner-up

Hyundai Sonata GLS

starting from

$20,455
"Most powerful and most efficient 4-cylinder in its class."
autoguide.com | talking about the Sonata's engine
"We’d call it too good to be true."
autoguide.com | talking about the Sonata's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Sonata GLS

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Very spacious front seats
61.0 ft3
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OK braking distance from 60mph
127 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring Winner: 6 i Grand Touring
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  • Leather comes standard on the 6 i Grand Touring; the Sonata GLS only offers cloth seats
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the 6 i Grand Touring's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the 6 i Grand Touring's power seats; not available on the Sonata GLS
Cost 9.0 vs 10.0
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Winner: Sonata GLS
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 24 mpg vs 22 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Sonata GLS in particular gets exceptional range
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.5 vs 8.3

Luxury Features

Mazda
6 i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 6 i Grand Touring's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the 6 i Grand Touring's power seats; not available on the Sonata GLS
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the 6 i Grand Touring; the Sonata GLS only offers cloth seats

Cost

Mazda
6 i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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MSRP $27,615 vs $20,455 The Sonata GLS has a great price and the 6 i Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 24 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sonata GLS's basic warranty is fantastic, but the 6 i Grand Touring's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sonata GLS's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the 6 i Grand Touring's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

Mazda
6 i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Mazda
6 i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Performance

Mazda
6 i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 198 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Sonata GLS is of average power, but the 6 i Grand Touring is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the 6 i Grand Touring's semi-automatic transmission and the Sonata GLS's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.6 lb/hp vs 16.0 lb/hp The Sonata GLS has OK performance while the 6 i Grand Touring gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 35.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Mazda
6 i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 574 miles vs 648 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Sonata GLS in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 16.6 ft3 vs 16.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 53.7 ft3 vs 61.0 ft3 The Sonata GLS has very spacious front seats, and the 6 i Grand Touring is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The 6 i Grand Touring offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sonata GLS
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Mazda
6 i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Mazda
6 i Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Hyundai
Sonata GLS
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 7.7 seconds The Sonata GLS's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the 6 i Grand Touring is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 127 ft The Sonata GLS's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the 6 i Grand Touring is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.0 s @ 85 mph vs 15.8 s @ 90 mph The Sonata GLS's 1/4 mile time is average, but the 6 i Grand Touring's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.77 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 130 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring 2011 Audi A4 Premium 6 i Grand Touring vs A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 328i 6 i Touring vs 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport 2011 Nissan Maxima SV 6 i Sport vs Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport 2012 Volkswagen Passat V6 SE 6 i Sport vs Passat V6 SE
2011 Mazda 6 i Sport 2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport 6 i Sport vs C300 Sport
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Sonata Limited vs Genesis 4.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Sonata Limited 2.0T vs 911 Turbo
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2011 Audi A4 Premium Sonata Limited 2.0T vs A4 Premium
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Toyota Prius Two Sonata Limited vs Prius Two
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Sonata Limited 2.0T vs Legacy 2.5GT

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