Compare 2011 Mazda MAZDA6 vs 2011 Nissan Altima

2011 Mazda MAZDA6
2011 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 22 31 $24,788 $26,820
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 31 $19,405 $20,990
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 22 31 $20,923 $22,635
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 22 31 $22,406 $24,240
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $27,098 $29,320
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring Plus 18 27 $25,030 $27,080
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 30 $18,481 $19,990
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2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $22,385 $23,880
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $21,917 $23,380
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,139 $28,210
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,294 $30,540
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,431 $20,270
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,028 $22,430
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,028 $22,430
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 33 33 $25,116 $26,800
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,272 $25,110
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,788
$22,385
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,820
$23,880
Monthly Payment Estimate
$447 / month
$398 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 is a great pick for practically-minded family-car shoppers who also value driving enjoyment. The 2011 Nissan Altima isn't quite as roomy as some mid-size rivals, but it's one of the sportiest-driving choices.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 52.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 42.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.1 54.2
Second Leg Room (in)
38.0 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.1 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.9 47.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 53.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.9 89.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 35.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 105.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA 26.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 61
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
193.7 180.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.6 8.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
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)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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 34.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D16 T135/706
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P215/55TR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P215/55TR17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3309 3124
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17.0 x 7.0 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17.0 x 7.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 4.0 Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 8.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 6000 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
167 @ 4000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25DE
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 32
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.41 1.75
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.86 5.80
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 2.35 - 0.39
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda6 Nissan Altima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-Wishbone w/Stabilizer Bar & Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent E-Type Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 (2010) 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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