Childre Nissan Compares 2008 Nissan Altima VS 2008 Mazda 6 Near Atlanta, GA

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2008 Nissan Altima

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2008 Mazda 6

Safety Comparison

The Altima Sedan offers optional Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. VDC then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. The 6 doesn’t offer skid prevention. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle car crashes by 30%.

The Altima Sedan (except 2.5 Base) offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. This backup monitor system uses a rear bumper-mounted camera to deliver a full picture of what’s behind the vehicle. The 6 doesn’t offer a rear backup monitor or other backup assist system.

Both the Altima Sedan and the 6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks and four-wheel antilock brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Altima Sedan is safer than the 6 Sedan:

Altima Sedan

Mazda 6

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

264

278

Chest forces

42 g’s

43 g’s

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg injuries (L/R)

164 / 219

585 / 307

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Altima Sedan is safer than the 6:

Altima Sedan

Mazda 6

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Criteria

196

216

Thoracic Trauma

43

62

Pelvis Deceleration

48 G’s

77 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Thoracic Trauma

56

70

Pelvis Deceleration

75 G’s

84 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 52 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Altima Sedan’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Altima Sedan has more powerful engines than the 6:

Horsepower

Torque

Altima Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

175 HP

180 lbs.-ft.

Altima Sedan HEV 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

198 HP

199 lbs.-ft.

Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

6i 2.3 DOHC 4 cyl.

160 HP

156 lbs.-ft.

6s 3.0 DOHC V6

215 HP

199 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Altima Sedan V6 is faster than the 6s V6 (manual transmissions tested):

Altima Sedan

Mazda 6

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.8 sec

11.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.9 sec

18.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99 MPH

93 MPH

Top Speed

146 MPH

120 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Altima Sedan 4 cyl. is faster than the 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Altima Sedan

Mazda 6

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

81 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Altima Sedan’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the 6:

Torque

Altima Sedan 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

3900 RPM

Altima Sedan HEV 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid

0 RPM

Altima Sedan 3.5 DOHC V6

4400 RPM

6i 2.3 DOHC 4 cyl.

4250 RPM

6s 3.0 DOHC V6

5000 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan HEV CVT gets better fuel mileage than the 6i Auto (35 city/33 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Altima Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the 6:

Altima Sedan

Mazda 6

4 cyl./Manual

23 city/32 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

V6/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

23 city/31 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

V6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

The Altima Sedan has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 6 (20 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Altima Sedan offers an optional brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The 6 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Altima Sedan has larger tires than the 6 (215/60R16 vs. 205/60R16).

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SE/3.5 SL offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the 6, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Altima Sedan’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the 6 (109.3 inches vs. 105.3 inches).

The Altima Sedan HEV handles at .76 G’s, while the 6s Sedan pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Altima Sedan 3.5 SE goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 1.6 MPH faster than the 6s Sedan (64.9 vs. 63.3 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the Altima Sedan’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the 6’s (36.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Altima Sedan 3.5 SE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 6’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Altima Sedan 3.5 SE is quieter than the 6i Sedan:

Altima Sedan

Mazda 6

At idle

37 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

70 dB

75 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Altima Sedan has 4.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 6 Sedan (100.7 vs. 96.1).

The Altima Sedan has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the 6 Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Altima Sedan automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The 6’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Altima Sedan’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The 6’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Altima Sedan (except 2.5 Base) offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 6 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Altima Sedan (except 2.5 Base) offers optional extendable sun visors. The 6 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Altima Sedan’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The 6 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Altima Sedan and the 6 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Altima Sedan offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The 6 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Altima Sedan’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The 6’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Wireless connectivity is optional on the Altima Sedan (except 2.5 Base), connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Mazda doesn’t offer wireless connectivity on the 6.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Altima Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Altima Sedan will cost $623 less than the 6 over a five year period.

The Altima Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that the Altima Sedan will retain 40.93% to 53.56% of its original price after five years, while the 6 only retains 32.88% to 42.13%.

The Altima Sedan is less expensive to operate than the 6 because of its higher resale value and lower insurance rate. It also costs $110 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Altima Sedan than the 6, including $27 less for an alternator, $81 less for front brake pads, $87 less for a starter, $129 less for a fuel pump, $62 less for front struts and $240 less for a power steering pump.

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