Compare 2011 Mazda MAZDA6 vs 2011 Nissan Altima

2011 Mazda MAZDA6
2011 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 30 $18,481 $19,990
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 31 $19,405 $20,990
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 22 31 $20,923 $22,635
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 22 31 $22,406 $24,240
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 22 31 $24,788 $26,820
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring Plus 18 27 $25,030 $27,080
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $27,098 $29,320
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,431 $20,270
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,028 $22,430
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,028 $22,430
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $21,917 $23,380
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $22,385 $23,880
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,272 $25,110
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 33 33 $25,116 $26,800
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,139 $28,210
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,294 $30,540
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,481
$19,431
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,990
$20,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$338 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 is a great pick for practically-minded family-car shoppers who also value driving enjoyment. The 2011 Nissan Altima isn't quite as roomy as some mid-size rivals, but it's one of the sportiest-driving choices.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
55.9 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.9 100.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 44.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.1 56.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.0 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.6
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
193.7 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 70.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.6 15.3
Brakes
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 - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.02
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.93 2.83
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65HR16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D16 T135/906
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65HR16 P215/60TR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3258 3180
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 4.0 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
167 @ 4000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25DE
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 27
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 2.37 - 0.44
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 NA
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.20 1.78
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.39 5.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Continuously Variable
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda6 Nissan Altima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent E-Type Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-Wishbone w/Stabilizer Bar & Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 (2010) 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 6.9
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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