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2012 Mazda MAZDA6 Change Remove
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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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Engine

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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
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (SE)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L 25 35 $20,181 $22,055
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 25 35 $20,679 $22,600
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 25 35 $21,129 $23,220
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 25 35 $22,547 $24,775
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 21 30 $24,488 $26,910
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 21 30 $27,404 $30,115
4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE Sport Limited Edition 25 35 $23,767 $25,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,343
$19,699
$20,181
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,480
$20,550
$22,055
Monthly Payment Estimate
$341 / month
$343 / month
$368 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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. The redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry remains the most conservative-looking pick among mid-size sedans, but if you want comfort, value, and frugality above all else, it's probably just your style.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 23 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 23 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize Midsize Car
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 55.5 56.6
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5 44.1 41.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.1 56.8 54.5
Second Leg Room (in) 38.0 35.8 38.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 40.6 38.8
Second Hip Room (in) 55.9 52.5 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.3 55.7 58.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.9 100.7 102.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 36.8 38.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 58.0 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.4 61.0 62.0
Wheelbase (in) 109.8 109.3 109.3
Liftover Height (in) NA 27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.4 70.7 71.7
Track Width, Front (in) 62.8 61.0 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 5.4 6.1
Length, Overall (in) 193.7 190.7 189.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.6 15.3 15.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.4 11.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.0 11.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 20.0 17.0
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.93 2.83 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 16.2 16.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 36.1 36.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size T115/70D16 T135/90D16 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/65HR16 P215/60TR16 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/65HR16 P215/60TR16 P205/65R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3272 3180 3190
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16.0 x 6.5 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16.0 x 6.5 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16.0 x 4.0 Compact - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.9 8.0 4.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 590 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 6000 175 @ 5600 178 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 167 @ 4000 180 @ 3900 170 @ 4100
Engine Order Code NA NA 2AR
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.5L/- TBD - 2.5L/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 32 35
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.20 1.78 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 NA 1.90
Trans Order Code NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.39 5.79 3.63
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 NA 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 - TBD - 3.30
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 NA 1.42
Trans Type 6 1 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.80 NA 0.71
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Mazda Mazda6 Nissan Altima Toyota Camry
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.68 0.63
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.86 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.8 6.9 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 6 7
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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