Compare 2008 Mazda MAZDA6 vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2008 Mazda MAZDA6
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 29 $17,705 $19,140
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport VE 21 29 $18,404 $19,900
5-Door HB Manual i Sport VE 21 29 $19,187 $20,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport VE 21 28 $19,232 $20,800
5-Door HB Automatic i Sport VE 21 28 $20,015 $21,650
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport VE 17 25 $20,667 $22,360
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 21 28 $20,696 $22,390
5-Door HB Manual s Sport VE 17 25 $21,449 $23,210
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 21 28 $21,477 $23,240
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport VE 18 25 $21,541 $23,310
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport VE 18 25 $22,324 $24,160
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 21 28 $22,397 $24,240
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 21 28 $22,949 $24,840
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 18 25 $23,097 $25,000
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 18 25 $23,880 $25,850
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 25 $25,076 $27,150
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 18 25 $25,628 $27,750
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4-Door Sedan Manual GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
4-Door Wagon Manual GL 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
4-Door Wagon Automatic GL 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
4-Door Sedan V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
4-Door Wagon V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,705
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,140
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$319 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Mazda6 lags behind the competition in terms of space and practicality, but it’s still among the most fun-to-drive affordable sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.5 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.1 95
Second Hip Room (in)
54.1 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 57.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.2 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
186.8 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
105.3 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.1 68.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.2 15
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.0 11.3 x 0.98
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 0.4 9.6 x 0.39
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)
18.0 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.54 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/50VR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D16 P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/50VR17 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3093 3212
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17.0 x 7.0 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 4.0 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17.0 x 7.0 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 90
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6500 170 @ 5900
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
154 @ 4000 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.3L/138 1.8L/109
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 31
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 2.18
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.39 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.43
Trans Type
5 5
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda6 Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-Wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent E-Type Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Four-link

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