Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply:
David asks: I like the way the Mazda 6 looks and I’m interested in getting a used 6 2015 to 2016 depending in budget which around 23,000 for a 120Km return commute. But I was looking at the Toyota Camry hybrid, granted I would have to increase my budget to get a 2015. But what would the fuel saving be, would make a lot of sense fuel wise.
My reply: These are both good cars, but also very different cars, even though they are both mid-sized sedans in roughly the same price bracket. The Mazda is vastly sportier and more engaging to drive; it handles and drives like the sport sedan it is; the Camry, on the other hand, is tuned to have a soft, comfortable, quiet ride. It isn’t nearly as engaging to drive – but it is very pleasant to drive. I strongly advise a test drive of both cars, ideally on the same day, to get a sense of the differences.
Ok, that said…
I doubt you will save much, if any money by going with the hybrid Camry. Not unless the cost of fuel goes up a lot, anyhow. The Mazda (assuming you get the four cylinder engine) is very fuel efficient; the hybrid’s real-world advantage is slight – and that would probably be negated by the higher cost of the Camry vs. the Mazda6.
If fuel economy is a big issue for you, I recommend having a look at – don’t bite my head off! – a diesel-powered VW Jetta. These are superb cars – do not believe the anti-VW propaganda – and I can personally vouch for them being capable of doing better than advertised as far as mileage. I’ve driven several and they all achieved 50-plus on the highway, nearly as efficient as the Prius hybrid.
I recommend having a look.
PS: There are no issues with regard to emissions legality; you can choose to have an “affected” TDI VW “fixed” – or not. Either way, you’ll be able to register and drive it just as you would any other car. Also, because of the “cheating” scandal, you may be able to negotiate a really good deal on one of these.
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