Is the Mazda6 or Nissan Altima a Better Buy?

2016 Mazda6 vs Nissan Altima - Momentum Mazda in Gastonia

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.

$22,330 $25,305
FUEL ECONOMY
37 MPG hwy, 25 MPG city 37 MPG hwy, 26 MPG city
29 MPG combined 30 MPG combined
ENGINE

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
MEASUREMENTS
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
WARRANTY
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
INTERIOR FEATURES

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
EXTERIOR FEATURES

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
Alloy Wheels