2008 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. Its Competition

2008 Mazda MAZDA6 4-door Sedan Man i Sport Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Ford Fusion, which is loosely based on the Mazda6 and shares some components, is also a lot of fun to drive, but it feels more contemporary than the 2008 Mazda6 with more aggressive, upright styling and options that include the SYNC communications and entertainment interface.

The Fusion also has a roomier backseat than the Mazda6, though it's still not best-in-class for space.

Then there's the Altima, which is somewhat cramped in back but is considerably larger--about the size of the Camry, Accord, and Malibu--on the outside.

Like the Mazda6, the Altima favors a sporty feel at the slight expense of ride comfort.

Sized more closely to the Altima is the Volkswagen Passat, which in base 2.0T form is quite quick yet more fuel-efficient than the Mazda6.

It also has a more spacious backseat, with increased legroom throughout for taller folks.

The Subaru Legacy might also be a competitor to the Mazda6; it's about the same size as the Mazda and rides firmly, favoring handling, but it has standard all-wheel drive.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Mazda6 lags behind the competition in terms of space and practicality, but it’s still among the most fun-to-drive affordable sedans.
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.54-Door Sedan GL Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sdn
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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