Family Car Comparison: 2010 Mazda 6 Vs. 2010 Nissan Altima

May 21, 2010

We here at Family Car Guide know that shoppers often compare vehicles with the same mission, and in the case of the 2010 Nissan Altima and the 2010 Mazda 6, both are family sedans that carry a sporting mission (the Altima also comes in coupe flavor, but for the purposes of this discussion, we are focusing on the sedan). Using the reviews provided by our parent site, The Car Connection, we'll break down the two vehicles and see who emerges victorious.

So forget about Camrys and Accords, let's see which sporty mid-size sedan takes the throne.

In one corner, we have the Mazda 6, which was redesigned for 2009. The 6 features two engines, a 2.5-liter, 170 horsepower four-cylinder, and a 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 272 horsepower.  Four-cylinder models are marked by the 'i' designation while "s" models have the V-6. A 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic are the transmission choices for the "i", while "s" versions are only available with a 6-speed automatic.

The Nissan, which gets some styling tweaks (both inside and out), is available with either a 2.5-liter four-banger that makes 175 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 270 horsepower. A hybrid model that uses a 2.5-liter four in concert with an electric motor makes 198 horsepower, but it's only available in nine states.

Those are the players. Read on for the winner.

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