2018 Mazda6 vs 2018 Nissan Altima

If you are looking for a sedan that offers some of the premium features and styling of marque luxury brands, but don't want to obliterate your bank account, then we recommend you check out the all-new 2018 Mazda6. It offers a "class above" experience with its exquisite styling, both inside and out, as well as a plethora of premium features and technologies — all at a pocketbook-friendly price. Take a look at this 2018 Mazda6 vs 2018 Nissan Altima comparison to see how the new Mazda6 measures up against the midsize sedan competition.

On the performance front, the base engine for the Mazda6 is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV®-G, which generates 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine in the Nissan Altima produces 179 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. For a more powerful driving experience, you can get the Mazda6's turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV®-G engine, which churns out an impressive 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Mazda6 VS 2018 Nissan Altima
$21,950 Base MSRP $23,260
187-hp/186 lb-ft Horsepower/Torque (Base Engine) 179-hp/177 lb-ft
38.7 inches Rear Legroom 36.1 inches
Available Adaptive Cruise Control No

Mazda6 vs Nissan Altima: Which midsize sedan is better?

The 2018 Mazda6 is the more affordable choice, with a base MSRP that is $1,310 lower than the 2018 Altima ($21,950 vs $23,260), while offering fantastic value with a plethora of standard features. Even for the base Mazda6 Sport, you'll get LED headlights and daytime running lights, push button start, the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system, HD Radio, Smart City Brake Support, and the Blind Spot Monitoring System. Moving up the Mazda6 trim lineup, you can enjoy such features as the 360º View Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control, and the Active Driving Display, which conveniently projects driving data and other information directly onto the windshield. Regardless of what Mazda6 trim you get, you and your passengers will have plenty of space to stretch out — even for the rear seat passengers, with 38.7 inches of rear legroom, compared to 36.1 inches for the Nissan Altima.