2015 Mazda MAZDA6 vs. Its Competition

2015 Mazda Mazda6
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2015 Mazda6 landed last year into the thick of one of the most interesting mid-size sedan markets in many years.

Just a year earlier, for 2013, the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and Honda Accord were all-new, and while each of those models took quite a different path, it's the Fusion that's definitely the closest rival to the Mazda in the thick of the mid-size sedan market, a year after several important models--the Fusion, the Altima, and the Accord--have received complete redesigns.

The Ford Fusion is also radically different this year, with a rakish new design and the V-6 model replaced by a lineup of strong yet efficient EcoBoost turbo fours.

The Nissan Altima gets up to 38 mpg on the highway and feels like a more mature, almost luxurious sedan this time around.

Meanwhile, the Honda Accord is due to get a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) like the Altima, with four-cylinder models, but it's keeping the V-6 option.

The Subaru Legacy remains the way to go if you want all-wheel drive; and it's getting completely redesigned for 2015, with a more refined interior and better infotainment.

The Kia Optima is another alternative, offering one of the strongest sets of features for the money, as well as a quick yet economical Turbo variant.

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Quick Specs
8.2
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.
9.0
The 2015 Ford Fusion continues to offer an excellent blend of top-notch safety, solid fuel economy, and stunning good looks–all without compromising on interior space and comfort.
8.4
The 2015 Kia Optima meets all your needs in a sensible four-door sedan, but exceeds expectations for more flair and features.
8.2
If you don't mind a CVT, the 2015 Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes.
8.8
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.
MSRP From    
$21,190$22,500$21,840$22,300$21,695
Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan EX4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan 2.5i
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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