Many of the car magazine reviews favor the Accord, but after studying and driving both, my wife and I see some real differences that are not mentioned in those reviews. For example, Honda forces you to have a sunroof and leather seats on the Accord EX V6. Mazda allows you to choose. We prefer cloth, as it is cooler in hot weather (southern California); and the sunroof hurts headroom. I am 6' 1" and she is 5' 10" - tall, but not very. Yet, I simply do not fit in the Accord 2 door, unless the seat is leaned way back in the manner of a ghetto teenager. My wife hit her head getting in and out of the passenger side of the Accord 4 door. We both noticed that our legs brush on the Accord 4 door side sill getting in and out, so road dirt getting on pants would be a problem.