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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2015 Subaru Legacy
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 37 $20,235 $21,190
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 26 38 $21,745 $22,895
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 37 $22,528 $23,845
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 26 38 $23,518 $24,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 26 38 $28,235 $29,895
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4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $21,256 $22,300
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $21,031 $22,560
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $23,041 $24,720
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 32 $24,650 $26,450
4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $26,232 $28,150
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 32 $27,793 $29,830
4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 32 $29,766 $31,950
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4-Door Sedan 2.5i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.5i 26 36 $20,487 $21,695
4-Door Sedan PZEV 2.5i 26 36 $20,796 $21,995
4-Door Sedan 2.5i Premium 26 36 $22,173 $23,495
4-Door Sedan PZEV 2.5i Premium 26 36 $22,486 $23,795
4-Door Sedan 2.5i Limited 26 36 $24,894 $26,495
4-Door Sedan PZEV 2.5i Limited 26 36 $25,202 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 3.6R Limited 20 29 $27,739 $29,595
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,235
$21,256
$20,487
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,190
$22,300
$21,695
Monthly Payment Estimate
$353 / 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
25 mpg 27 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 38 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
56.1 54 55.5
Second Leg Room (in)
38.7 36.1 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 40 40
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 62.4 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 109.3 108.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 72 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.4 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.4 5.4 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
191.5 191.5 188.8
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.9 59
Liftover Height (in)
- 26.9 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 15.4 15
Brakes
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
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
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
Rear Tire Size
P225/55VR17 P215/60TR16 P225/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55VR17 P215/60TR16 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3183 3108 3468
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 16 X 7 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 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
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded H-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 27 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 31 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 38 36
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 - -
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD CVT w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.70 2.35 - 0.39 3.58 - 0.62
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.11 4.83 3.90
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.30 - -
Trans Type
6 1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 - -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 1.75 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 - -
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda6 Nissan Altima Subaru Legacy
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 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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