Compare 2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Mazda MAZDA6

2018 Volkswagen Passat
2018 Mazda MAZDA6
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2.0T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 2.0T S Automatic 25 36 $22,052 $22,995
Passat 2.0T SE Automatic 25 36 $25,217 $26,295
Passat 2.0T SE w/Technology Automatic 25 36 $28,382 $29,595
Passat 2.0T SEL Premium Automatic 25 36 $30,353 $31,650
Passat R-Line Automatic 25 36 $23,970 $24,995
Passat V6 GT DSG 19 28 $27,952 $29,145
Passat V6 SEL Premium DSG 19 28 $33,230 $34,650
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Grand Touring Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda6 Grand Touring Automatic 23 31 $27,571 $29,200
Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve Automatic 23 31 $29,929 $31,700
Mazda6 Signature Automatic 23 31 $32,808 $34,750
Mazda6 Sport Automatic 26 35 $21,836 $23,000
Mazda6 Sport Manual 24 33 $20,951 $21,950
Mazda6 Touring Automatic 26 35 $24,269 $25,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,052
$27,571
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,995
$29,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$383 / month
$487 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.5
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat does little wrong, but its stoicism means it isn’t much fun. The 2018 Mazda 6 is a stylish, good handling sedan that finally has the underhood muscle to match.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57 55.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 37.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102 99.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 38.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.4 111.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 6.5
Length, Overall (in)
191.9 192.7
Height, Overall (in)
58.5 57.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 14.7
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 10.9
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 11.7
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 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.4 36.7
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P225/45WR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P225/45WR19
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3274 3560
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 19 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 19 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
330 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 150
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/121 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
174 @ 5000 227 @ 5000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 1500 310 @ 2000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 26
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 4.09
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.45
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.51 1.99
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 3.49
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Passat Mazda Mazda6
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.1 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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