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Compare 2012 Mazda MAZDA6 vs 2012 Nissan Altima

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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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Transmission

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 30 $19,343 $20,480
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 31 $20,286 $21,480
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 22 31 $21,839 $23,125
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 22 31 $23,352 $24,730
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 22 31 $25,786 $27,310
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring Plus 18 27 $26,033 $27,570
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $28,146 $29,810
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $23,096 $24,640
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,343
$19,699
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,480
$20,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$341 / month
$343 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Mazda6 is just as comfortable, practical, and refined as most other mid-size sedans, but it's a little more enjoyable to drive. The 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 38.0 35.8
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 40.6
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) NA 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.4 70.7
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) 62.4 61.0
Wheelbase (in) 109.8 109.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.6 15.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.0
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 0.4
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 20.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.93 2.83
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/65HR16 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/65HR16 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size T115/70D16 T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3272 3180
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.9 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 590 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 110
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 167 @ 4000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 23
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 NA
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Continuously Variable Ratio
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 NA
Trans Type 6 1
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.80 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 5.79
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.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.8 6.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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