Compare 2015 Mazda MAZDA6 vs 2015 Nissan Altima vs 2015 Subaru Legacy

2015 Mazda MAZDA6
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2015 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 26 38 $28,235 $29,895
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 26 38 $21,745 $22,895
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 26 38 $23,518 $24,895
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 37 $20,235 $21,190
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 37 $22,528 $23,845
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4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $21,256 $22,300
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $21,031 $22,560
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $26,232 $28,150
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $23,041 $24,720
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 32 $24,650 $26,450
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 32 $29,766 $31,950
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 32 $27,793 $29,830
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4-Door Sedan 2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i 26 36 $20,487 $21,695
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Limited 26 36 $24,894 $26,495
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Limited PZEV 26 36 $25,202 $26,795
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i PZEV 26 36 $20,796 $21,995
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Premium 26 36 $22,173 $23,495
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 2.5i Premium PZEV 26 36 $22,486 $23,795
Legacy 4-Door Sedan 3.6R Limited 20 29 $27,739 $29,595

Pricing

Invoice Price

$28,235
$21,256
$20,487

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$29,895
$22,300
$21,695

Monthly Payment Estimate

$498 / month
$372 / month
$362 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.2
8.2
8.8

TCC’s Bottom Line

The stunning exterior of the 2015 Mazda 6 isn't leading you on; with an athletic driving experience and a lot of sophistication for the money, this a charming sedan with a surprisingly frugal side. If you don't mind a CVT, the 2015 Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes. The 2015 Subaru Legacy smooths over its ruffles, and out-domestics some American family sedans with a big back seat, excellent gas mileage and standard all-wheel drive.

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Fuel Economy

City

26 mpg 27 mpg 26 mpg

Highway

38 mpg 38 mpg 36 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Midsize Cars Midsize Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

99.7 101.9 104.6

Second Hip Room (in)

56.1 52.1 55

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.1 56.4 58.1

Second Head Room (in)

37.1 37.1 37

Passenger Capacity

5 5 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

55.5 56.4 57.3

Front Leg Room (in)

42.2 45 42.9

Front Hip Room (in)

56.1 54 55.5

Second Leg Room (in)

38.7 36.1 38.1

Front Head Room (in)

37.4 40 40

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

62.8 62.4 62.2

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.7 5.4 5.9

Length, Overall (in)

191.5 191.5 188.8

Height, Overall (in)

57.1 57.9 59

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.4 62.4 62.8

Wheelbase (in)

111.4 109.3 108.3

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.4 72 72.4

Liftover Height (in)

- 26.9 -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.8 15.4 15

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.7 11.7 11.6

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.9 11.5 11.8

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.4 18 18.5

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.7 36.1 36.8

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Front Tire Size

P225/45WR19 P215/60TR16 P225/55VR17

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P225/45WR19 P215/60TR16 P225/55VR17

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3232 3108 3468

Wheels

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel Steel

Rear Wheel Size (in)

19 X 7.5 16 X 7 17 X 7

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel Steel

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

19 X 7.5 16 X 7 17 X 7

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

100 110 110

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- 550 490

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

185 @ 3250 180 @ 4000 174 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

NA NA NA

Displacement

2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

184 @ 5700 182 @ 6000 175 @ 5800

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

30 31 30

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

38 38 36

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

26 27 26

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.55 2.35 - 0.39 3.58 - 0.62

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.81 4.83 3.90

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.45 - -

Trans Type

6 1 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.71 - -

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.89 1.75 3.67

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.02 - -

Trans Order Code

NA NA NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 - -

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD CVT w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.60 - -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Mazda Mazda6 Nissan Altima Subaru Legacy

Body Style

Sedan Sedan Sedan

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.8 5.7 (Est) 5.9

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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