Compare Nissan Altima vs. Mazda Mazda6

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2014 Nissan Altima 2014 Mazda Mazda6
2014 Nissan Altima 2014 Mazda Mazda6
4dr Sdn I4 2.5
  • 4dr Sdn I4 2.5
  • 4dr Sdn I4 2.5 S
  • 4dr Sdn I4 2.5 SV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 3.5 S
  • 4dr Sdn I4 2.5 SL
  • 4dr Sdn V6 3.5 SV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 3.5 SL
4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Grand Touring


MSRP $22,170 $22,695  
Invoice $20,971 $21,546
Avg. Paid $16,433 $17,656

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.7 8.3  
Critics' Rating 8.8 9.2
Performance 8.1 8.7
Interior 8.3 7.9
Cost to Own 9.1 9.0
Safety 9.4 9.0
Reliability 4.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Agile handling
  • Strong acceleration
  • Athletic handling
  • Great fuel economy
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Limited rear-seat headroom
  • Confusing navigation system

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Regular Unleaded I-4 2.5 L/152 Regular Unleaded I-4 2.5 L/152
MPG 27 City / 38 Hwy 26 City / 38 Hwy



Body Style Sedan Sedan  


Wheelbase(in) 109.3 111.4  
Length, Overall (in) 191.5 191.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72 72.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 57.1

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional  


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3108 3232  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard  
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Wheel Locks Optional
Steel Wheels Standard
Wheel Covers Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard  
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 101.9 99.7
Front Head Room (in) 40 38.4
Front Leg Room (in) 45 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 57.1
Front Hip Room (in) 54 56.1
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.1
Second Leg Room (in) 36.1 38.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.4 55.5
Second Hip Room (in) 52.1 56.1
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.4 14.8


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard  
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard  

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional  
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard


Cloth Seats Optional Optional  
Driver Lumbar Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard  
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard  
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement 2.5 L/152 2.5 L/152
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 182 @ 6000 184 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 180 @ 4000 185 @ 3250
Transmission CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 36.1 36.7


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 38 38
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18 16.4


Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut  
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link


Automatic Standard Standard  
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.