2011 Mazda
6 i Touring
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Sonata Limited

2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited

10.0

starting from

$27,105
"The Sonata's fuel economy is slightly above average for a family sedan."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sonata's performance
"Upscale interior."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sonata's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Sonata Limited

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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OK braking distance from 60mph
127 ft
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Leather
Standard
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring

8.4

Runner-up

Mazda 6 i Touring

starting from

$23,430
"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 Touring

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CD changer
Standard
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Spacious back seats
46.3 ft3
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Very inexpensive
$23,430
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Comparable turning radius
35.4 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited Winner: Sonata Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.1
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited Winner: Sonata Limited
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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 - vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Sonata Limited in particular gets exceptional range
  • Both have roomy front seats, however the Sonata Limited in particular is spacious
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.4

Luxury Features

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Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Sonata Limited's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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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 Sonata Limited; the 6 i Touring only offers cloth seats

Cost

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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MSRP $27,105 vs $23,430 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 22 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Sonata Limited's basic warranty is fantastic, but the 6 i Touring's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The Sonata Limited's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the 6 i Touring's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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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

Hyundai
Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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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 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Horsepower 198 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Sonata Limited is of average power, but the 6 i Touring is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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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 16.7 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp The Sonata Limited has OK performance while the 6 i 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 35.8 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 648 miles vs 574 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the Sonata Limited in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 16.4 ft3 vs 16.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 58.2 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 Both have roomy front seats, however the Sonata Limited in particular is spacious
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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 Sonata Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 6 i Touring
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Cupholders Unknown vs 6
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 6
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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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 Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 328i 6 i Touring vs 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Audi A4 Premium 6 i Touring vs A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Nissan Maxima SV 6 i Touring vs Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2012 Honda Civic Si 6 i Touring vs Civic Si
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2012 Ford Mustang GT 6 i Touring vs Mustang GT
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sonata Limited vs Elantra GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 Sonata Limited vs Genesis 4.6
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Toyota Prius Four Sonata Limited vs Prius Four
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Sonata Limited vs Accent GLS
2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Sonata Limited vs Maxima SV

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