2009 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. Its Competition

2009 Mazda MAZDA6 i SV
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Looking at these competitors, there's not a bad choice here.

Compared to the 2009 Mazda6, the Toyota Camry rides more softly.

It is the "Buick" of this group.

The Honda Accord and Nissan Altima are close to the Mazda6 dynamically, but the Mazda is sportier still than the Accord (especially inside), and you must like continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) to fall in love with the Altima.

Hyundai's Sonata is a solid choice backed by a long warranty, while the Chevrolet Malibu continues to win over buyers with its styling and technology (Chevy offers a Hybrid model and a six-speed automatic with their four-cylinder).

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Mazda6 could easily steal sales from the traditional class leaders if non-gearheads discover it.
The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan.
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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