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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i 19 27 $18,926 $19,995
4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic 2.5i 23 31 $19,844 $20,995
4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i 23 31 $20,153 $21,295
4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5i Premium 19 27 $20,152 $21,295
4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic 2.5i Premium 23 31 $21,070 $22,295
4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Premium 23 31 $21,380 $22,595
4-Door Sedan H6 Automatic 3.6R 18 25 $23,533 $25,095
4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic 2.5i Limited 23 31 $24,067 $25,595
4-Door Sedan H4 Automatic PZEV 2.5i Limited 23 31 $24,375 $25,895
4-Door Sedan H6 Automatic 3.6R Premium 18 25 $24,750 $26,295
4-Door Sedan H6 Automatic 3.6R Limited 18 25 $26,821 $28,595
4-Door Sedan H4 Manual 2.5GT Limited 18 25 $29,442 $31,595
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,926
$19,343
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,995
$20,480
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$341 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Subaru Legacy remains the only mainstream, mid-size sedan to offer all-wheel drive; it's also among the better-handling models in this class, and a strong value in 2.5i form. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 57.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 103.0 101.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 56.5
Front Leg Room (in) 43.0 42.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.1
Second Leg Room (in) 37.8 38.0
Front Head Room (in) 40.3 39.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.6 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.1
Length, Overall (in) 186.4 193.7
Height, Overall (in) 59.3 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 62.4
Wheelbase (in) 108.3 109.8
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 72.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.7 16.6
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) 11.3 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
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) 11.6 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.8 35.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.93
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60R16 P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size NA T115/70D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/60R16 P205/65HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3270 3272
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16.0 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 16.0 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16.0 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 8.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 590
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 170 @ 4000 167 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/150 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5600 170 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas Flat 4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.45
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.31
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 0.80
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.20
Second Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 1.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name Subaru Legacy Mazda Mazda6
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Double Wishbone Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 7.8
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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