Is the Mazda6 or Nissan Altima a Better Buy?
The mid-size sedan segment is a tough cookie to crack, especially for smaller brands. While several well-known entries make up most of the market, some smaller brands offer competitive vehicles for more affordable prices. Take the 2016 Mazda6 Sport for example. While the 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 holds more sales, the Mazda6 Sport has more to offer than just a sporty style.
2016 Mazda6 Sport
2016 Nissan Altima 2.5
|COMPARABLY EQUIPPED PRICE
Price is the first thing most buyers look at and the Mazda6 Sport takes home a clear victory – starting at $22,330. When comparably equipped, the Altima 2.5 just can’t compete with a $25,305 price tag.
|37 MPG hwy, 25 MPG city||37 MPG hwy, 26 MPG city|
|29 MPG combined||30 MPG combined|
When it comes to power, the Mazda6 Sport pulls ahead. While both models pack a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, the Mazda6 Sport boasts 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. The Altima 2.5 falls short with 182 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque.
|2.5L I4||2.5L I4|
|184 horsepower @ 5700 RPM||182 horsepower @ 6000 RPM|
|185 lb-ft. torque @ 3250 RPM||180 lb-ft. torque @ 4000 RPM|
|6 Transmission Speeds||Variable Transmission Speeds|
|38.4″ Front Headroom||40.0″ Front Headroom|
|37.1″ Rear Headroom||37.1″ Rear Headroom|
|42.2″ Front Legroom||45.0″ Front Legroom|
|38.7″ Rear Legroom||36.1″ Rear Legroom|
|36 / 36,000 Basic Warranty||36 / 36,000 Basic Warranty|
|60 / 60,000 Powertrain Warranty||60 / 60,000 Powertrain Warranty|
|60 / Unlimited Anti-Corrosion||60 / Unlimited Anti-Corrosion|
The Mazda6 Sport proves to be the more comfortable car as well, offering many standard features the Altima 2.5 doesn’t. Features include a front lumbar support, an interior pollen/particle/dust air filter, and a leather steering wheel.
|Power Windows & Door Locks||Power Windows & Door Locks|
|Front Lumbar Support||Front Lumbar Support|
|Second Row Folding Seat||Second Row Folding Seat|
|Steering Wheel Mounted Controls||Steering Wheel Mounted Controls|
|Leather Steering Wheel||Leather Steering Wheel|
|Optional Remote Start||Optional Remote Start|
|Optional Universal Garage Door Opener||–|
|Optional Navigation System||–|
|Bluetooth Technology||Bluetooth Technology|
|Voice Activated Controls||Voice Activated Controls|
Closing out the competition are exterior features in which, you guessed it, the Mazda6 Sport takes a decisive victory. While the 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 doesn’t offer daytime running lights, signaling exterior mirrors, or alloy wheels, they’re all standard features on the 2016 Mazda6 Sport.
|Daytime Running Lights||–|
|Signaling Exterior Mirroe||–|