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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 29 $17,705 $19,140
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport VE 21 29 $18,404 $19,900
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport VE 21 28 $19,232 $20,800
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 21 28 $20,696 $22,390
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 21 28 $22,397 $24,240
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport VE 17 25 $20,667 $22,360
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport VE 18 25 $21,541 $23,310
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 18 25 $23,097 $25,000
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 25 $25,076 $27,150
5-Door HB Manual i Sport VE 21 29 $19,187 $20,750
5-Door HB Automatic i Sport VE 21 28 $20,015 $21,650
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 21 28 $21,477 $23,240
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 21 28 $22,949 $24,840
5-Door HB Manual s Sport VE 17 25 $21,449 $23,210
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport VE 18 25 $22,324 $24,160
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 18 25 $23,880 $25,850
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 18 25 $25,628 $27,750
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,705
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,140
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$319 / month
$310 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Mazda6 lags behind the competition in terms of space and practicality, but it’s still among the most fun-to-drive affordable sedans. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 29 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 36.5 35.8
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.1 100.7
Second Hip Room (in) 54.1 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.9 55.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 36.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.2 55.5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 44.1
Front Hip Room (in) 54.7 56.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 186.8 189.8
Height, Overall (in) 56.7 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2 60.8
Wheelbase (in) 105.3 109.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 70.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.2 15.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 1.0 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x 0.4 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.0 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.1 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.7 36.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.54 2.83
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/50VR17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size T115/70D16 T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/50VR17 P215/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3093 3112
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17.0 x 7.0 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16.0 x 4.0 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17.0 x 7.0 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.9 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 156 @ 6500 175 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 154 @ 4000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code NA QR25
Displacement 2.3L/138 2.5L/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 32
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.76 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.17 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 1.95
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.39 3.81
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 1.06
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.50
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.23 1.39
Trans Type 5 6
Summary
Vehicle Name Mazda Mazda6 Nissan Altima
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double-Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear Independent E-Type Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut Independent Strut
 
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