2016 Mazda3 vs. 2016 Mazda6

Mazda sedans are the ideal way to cruise around Duncan and Victoria, and the latest and greatest iterations of this line have finally arrived with the 2016 Mazda3 and the 2016 Mazda6. But this begs the question: of these two excellent options, which is the best one for you? We’ve broken down the many features and specs that makeup the compact, fuel-efficient Mazda3 and the mid-sized, luxury-styled Mazda6 to help you answer that very question. No matter which you choose, you’ll be driving a quality vehicle, but why not opt for the one that fits you best?

Smooth Driving

Mazda sedans are built to feel every bit as good as they look, and the latest powertrain innovations integrated into the 2016 Mazda3 and the 2016 Mazda6 achieve that feeling in spades. The Mazda3 focuses on a more fuel-efficient ride, sporting a SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L engine that produces plenty of low/mid-range torque and achieves an impressive 5.7L/100 km on the highway, making this one of the most economical gasoline engines out there. Meanwhile, the Mazda6 puts all its chips into a powerhouse 2.5L SKYACTIV®-G engine, which delivers a high compression ratio of 13:1 and a meaty 185 lb-ft of torque, giving you power you can really feel. Both engines benefit from new technologies that improve oil and water pump efficiency and reduce friction in the pistons, rods, and crank shaft, which allows them to run smoother and longer than ever.

Crafted Interiors

One thing you can count on whether you get a 2016 Mazda3 or a 2016 Mazda6 is a luxurious and well-appointed cabin. They share a number of lovingly designed features, including:

  • MAZDA CONNECTTM: An extensive infotainment system, this console brings together navigation, internet radio, voice-activated Bluetooth, and Facebook and Twitter connectivity into one convenient touchscreen

  • HMI Commander Switch: This easy and intuitive switch makes interfacing with your technology quick and easy while taking up a minimum of space

  • Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Prefer to keep your hands on the wheel while you drive? With these specially mounted controls, you can have convenient access to everything without moving your hands

  • Active Driving Display: This innovative feature allows you to stay up to date on speed and navigation without taking your eyes off the road by projecting info right in your line of sight

  • Leather-Trimmed Upholstery: Designed to be more than just stylish and comfortable, this leather sports precisely tuned seat perforations that minimize road noise and enhance your listening environment

The Mazda6 offers a couple more features, such as an available 11-speaker Bose® Surround Sound System and a Dark Metal Satin decorative panel; however, these come at a more expensive price than the svelte Mazda3.


Neither the 2016 Mazda3 nor the 2016 Mazda6 pull any punches when it comes to safety—both sport an i-ACTIVSENSE® Safety Technology package, which integrates a full suite collision-prevention features into your vehicle, including:

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert: Don’t get blind-sided by passing traffic when you’re pulling out of a parking spot—this feature keeps an eye out and warns you when a vehicle is approaching

  • Blind Spot Monitoring System: This system keeps you abreast of your traffic situation by using radar sensors to detect objects occupying either of your blind spots and alerting you with a light on the appropriate side mirror

  • Lane Departure Warning System: Even the best drivers get distracted sometimes. That’s where this feature comes in: it senses lane markings and alerts you when it predicts an unintentional departure

  • Smart City Brake Support: This technology detects objects you’re approaching at low speed and assists with the braking process, and will even apply them automatically if a collision is imminent

Take in the Victoria Sights from a 2016 Mazda3 or a 2016 Mazda6

As you can see, the 2016 Mazda3 and the 2016 Mazda6 have a lot to offer drivers looking for a quality sedan close to Duncan and Nanaimo. Whether you’re looking for something affordable and efficient or a more powerful and luxurious experience, you will surely be satisfied with one of these two models. But don’t just take our word for it—come out to Harris Mazda, located at 2525 Bowen Road in Nanaimo, and take a test drive for yourself to see what you like. And if you have any questions about these or any of our other excellent Mazda vehicles, contact us online or give us a call at 1-844-537-8693.