The Ford Fusion, which is loosely based on the Mazda6 and shares some components, is also a lot of fun to drive, but it feels more contemporary than the 2008 Mazda6 with more aggressive, upright styling and options that include the SYNC communications and entertainment interface.
The Fusion also has a roomier backseat than the Mazda6, though it's still not best-in-class for space.
Like the Mazda6, the Altima favors a sporty feel at the slight expense of ride comfort.
It also has a more spacious backseat, with increased legroom throughout for taller folks.
The Subaru Legacy might also be a competitor to the Mazda6; it's about the same size as the Mazda and rides firmly, favoring handling, but it has standard all-wheel drive.
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|2008 Mazda MAZDA6Browse Used Listings||2008 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings||2003 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5||4-Door Sedan GL Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sdn|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2008 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. 2008 Nissan Altima||2008 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. 2003 Volkswagen Passat|