Comparison: 2018 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Mazda 6

Comparison: 2018 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Mazda 6

Charlottesville drivers who need a sedan with optimal performance and advanced technology have many options in this competitive segment, making comparison shopping requisite for finding the right model.

When looking at the specs of both theĀ 2018 Nissan Altima

and the 2017 Mazda 6, you'll notice some similarities and differences. Our side-by-side comparison breaks down the most significant disparities between these two popular mid-size sedans, so check it out, then visit us for a test drive:

Performance and Efficiency

Nissan Altima

The 2018 Altima has two engine options, an efficient yet capable base powertrain and a surprisingly robust V6. The base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-4 that makes 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.5-liter V6 churns out 270 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

According to EPA estimates, the base engine gets up to 27 MPG city and 39 MPG highway, and the V6 gets up to 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

Mazda 6

The 2018 Mazda 6 has one engine option and it's not as efficient as the Altima's base nor as powerful as its V6. Under the hood, the sedan has a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that makes 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Manual versions get up to 24 MPG city and 34 MPG highway, while automatics get up to 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.

Features and Tech

Nissan Altima

New to the 2018 model is the advanced infotainment system, the NissanConnect SM with Navigation and Services, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Nissan also added standard Automatic Emergency Braking and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning on all trims of the 2018 Altima, including the 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, and 3.5 SL. It's also available with a Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Other standard features include Bluetooth wireless tech, Siri Eyes Free, a RearView Monitor, and an Advanced Drive-Assist Display. Available features include a power sliding sunroof, HomeLink universal transceiver, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated leather seating.

Mazda 6

The 2017 Mazda 6 comes in three trims: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The base model does not come equipped with driver assistance technology and none of the models come available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which are considered the gold standards for smartphone integration.

The Mazda 6 Sport does come standard with the Mazda Connect infotainment system, push-button start, Bluetooth tech, cruise control, and a rearview camera. The Touring adds dual-zone climate control, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Smart City Brake Support. The Grand Touring features heated leather seating, Bose audio, Sirius XM Radio, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-keep Assist, and High Beam Control.

Pricing

Nissan Altima

Starting at $24,970 MSRP

Mazda 6

Starting at $21,945 MSRP