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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
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1999. - 2002.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1999. - 2003.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4590 mm
1710 mm
1430 mm
502 liters
502 liters
64 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4595 mm
1750 mm
1430 mm
427 liters
427 liters
65 liters
1999 Mazda 626
1999 Honda Accord

Engine

Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1839 cc
100 hp
152 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Honda
1.8 F18B
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1849 cc
138 hp
168 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1145 kg
11.8 s
182 km/h
10.1 l/100km
6.2 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1305 kg
10.4 s
205 km/h
11.2 l/100km
6.9 l/100km
8.4 l/100km
201 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1330 kg
11.3 s
195 km/h
12.6 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
9.0 l/100km
215 g/km

Expenses

1200 EUR
Price from
1700 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the large family car segment and utilize the same 4-door sedan body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Mazda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 100hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 138hp engine designed by Honda.

Safety

The fact that the Honda got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, offers a slight advantage, as the 4-star rating is better than none. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Accord offers a considerable difference of 14% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Honda does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Mazda with an average rating of 4.5, and models under the Honda badge with 4.7 out of 5. The same official information place 626 as average reliability-wise, and Accord is more or less at the same level.Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as 626 rank it on average as 3.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.6 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 205 kilometers per hour, 23km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be 626, averaging around 7.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (37 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 11% difference compared to Accord.


Verdict

Honda appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Accord beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Honda being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Honda. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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