|2017 Chevy Malibu||VS||2017 Mazda 6|
|31 Combined MPG||City Fuel Economy||29 Combined MPG|
|250 HP||Horsepower||184 HP|
Call me sentimental, but the midsize sedan segment always retains my interest. Growing up, they still accounted for the majority of family vehicles on the road. Sure, larger families favored the minivan, but if you had three kids or less, the five-seat sedan was where it was at. The rise in popularity of family-friendly SUVs came during my teen years (after I had outgrown family drives) and was well-cemented by the time I had a family of my own. But over time, the appeal of SUVs grew to encompass more than just families. With many drivers coming of age and opting for SUVs over sedans, the recession served as an opportunity for the midsize sedan to reassert itself. However, with more attention placed on the infant hybrid industry (and on vehicles with even smaller footprints), sedan offerings always seemed to blend into the background, without a clear identity or target demographic. With that in mind, I’m always interested in how sedan-offerings are designed, engineered and even marketed, in order to remain relevant. In my opinion, the steps taken by current model years appear more aggressive than ever. Taking cues from both luxury and sport segments, and with an eye to technology, many create genuine excitement. This could be said for both models when we compare the 2017 Chevy Malibu vs 2017 Mazda 6 in Cincinnati, OH.
The former (now in its ninth generation) benefits from a recent redesign, and is priced to start at around $21,680 MSRP. The latter (now in its third generation) has the advantage of being a relative newcomer, with less than fifteen years on the market, and is priced to start around $21,945 MSRP. That said, let’s sidestep the base offerings and jump up to the Premier and Grand Touring trims, and get a taste of the best for each. This puts our price points at $31,850 MSRP (Malibu) and $30,695 (6 Sedan) to start.