Compare 2008 Mazda MAZDA6 vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2008 Mazda MAZDA6
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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
5-Door HB Manual i Sport VE 21 29 $19,187 $20,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport VE 21 28 $19,232 $20,800
5-Door HB Automatic i Sport VE 21 28 $20,015 $21,650
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport VE 17 25 $20,667 $22,360
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 21 28 $20,696 $22,390
5-Door HB Manual s Sport VE 17 25 $21,449 $23,210
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 21 28 $21,477 $23,240
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport VE 18 25 $21,541 $23,310
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport VE 18 25 $22,324 $24,160
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 21 28 $22,397 $24,240
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 21 28 $22,949 $24,840
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 18 25 $23,097 $25,000
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 18 25 $23,880 $25,850
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 25 $25,076 $27,150
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 18 25 $25,628 $27,750
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
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
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
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
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
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
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,705
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,140
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$319 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.4
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
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 44.1
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 56.8
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
186.8 189.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.2 15.3
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.54 2.83
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
Tires
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/50VR17 P215/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3093 3112
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17.0 x 7.0 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
154 @ 4000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25
Displacement
2.3L/138 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6500 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda6 Nissan Altima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Independent Strut
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

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