Compare 2012 Mazda MAZDA6 vs 2012 Nissan Altima vs 2012 Toyota Camry

2012 Mazda MAZDA6
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2012 Nissan Altima
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2012 Toyota Camry
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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 $25,786 $27,310
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 31 $20,286 $21,480
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 22 31 $21,839 $23,125
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 22 31 $23,352 $24,730
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $28,146 $29,810
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring Plus 18 27 $26,033 $27,570
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 30 $19,343 $20,480
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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 $23,096 $24,640
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570
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4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L 25 35 $20,181 $22,055
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE 25 35 $20,679 $22,600
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE 25 35 $21,129 $23,220
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic SE Sport Limited Edition 25 35 $23,767 $25,995
Camry 4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic XLE 25 35 $22,547 $24,775
Camry 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic SE 21 30 $24,488 $26,910
Camry 4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic XLE 21 30 $27,404 $30,115
Camry Hybrid 4-Door Sedan LE 43 39 $23,911 $25,990
Camry Hybrid 4-Door Sedan XLE 40 38 $25,300 $27,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,786
$23,096
$20,181
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,310
$24,640
$22,055
Monthly Payment Estimate
$455 / month
$411 / month
$368 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.6
8.0
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
City
22 mpg 23 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 32 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize Midsize Car
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 35.6 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 52.4 56.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 42.5 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.1 54.2 54.5
Second Leg Room (in)
38.0 34.4 38.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.1 39.7 38.8
Second Hip Room (in)
55.9 47.6 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 53.9 58.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.9 89.3 102.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.3 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
193.7 180.9 189.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 55.9 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 61.2 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 105.3 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA 26.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 70.7 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 61.0 62.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.6 8.2 15.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0 17.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 34.7 36.7
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
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P215/55TR17 P205/65R16
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
P215/55VR17 P215/55TR17 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 100 100
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3329 3124 3190
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 4.0 Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17.0 x 7.0 17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17.0 x 7.0 17 x 7.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 8.0 4.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 110 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/152 2.5L/- TBD - 2.5L/152
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 32 35
Transmission
Trans Type
5 1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 NA 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.93 1.75 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.00 NA 1.90
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 5.79 3.63
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 - TBD - 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 NA 1.42
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda6 Nissan Altima Toyota Camry
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.86 0.95
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link Multi-Link
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 7.2 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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