2016 Mazda6 Sedan vs. 2016 Nissan Altima

If you’re shopping around for a capable, attractive family sedan, you’ve probably checked out the 2016 Mazda6 and the 2016 Nissan Altima. Both cars offer Tampa and Sarasota drivers impressive styling and a number of interesting features, but which is the best value for your money? The experts at Cox Mazda did the research and found that one of these sedans clearly has a leg up on the competition.

Both Vehicles at a Glance


The 2016 Mazda6 offers a number of advanced safety features and superior design elements that the Nissan cannot compete with:

  • 2016 Mazda6 Sedan The 2016 Mazda6 sedan is equipped with an E911 emergency response system that can use the onboard GPS to notify emergency services should the vehicle be involved in an accident. The NHTSA also found that the 2016 Mazda6 provided front passengers a safer place to sit in the event of a front-end collision, giving the vehicle a coveted 5-Star front crash safety rating.
  • 2016 Nissan Altima Sedan The Nissan Altima is not equipped with a GPS system, so in the event of a crash, the driver or passengers must call for help and try to provide an accurate location. In recent NHTSA front crash testing the Altima received just three stars for front passenger safety – below industry average.


When it comes to handling and emergency maneuvers, the 2016 Mazda6 easily outshines the 2016 Nissan Altima:

  • 2016 Mazda6 Sedan The 2016 Mazda6 is equipped with large 17-inch tires for better handling and better traction when braking. In recent Road and Track testing, the 2016 Mazda6 sedan was able to come to a full stop in 221 feet from 80 MPH. Car and Driver had similar results, with the 2016 Mazda6 making an emergency stop from 70 MPH in just 172 feet.
  • 2016 Nissan Altima Sedan The Nissan Altima sedan has smaller, 16-inch tires giving the vehicle a less sure-footed ride and offering less rubber on the road in an emergency. In fact, Road and Track found that the Nissan needed 245 feet to come to a stop from 80 MPH, while Car and Driver noted that the sedan needed 188 feet to come to a complete halt from 70 MPH.


A reliable vehicle saves owners money. The 2016 Mazda6 was found to be more reliable and have a lower cost of ownership by several industry experts:

  • 2016 Mazda6 Sedan The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that the 2016 Mazda6 will cost up to $2525 less to own over a five-year period than the Nissan Altima and Kiplingers estimates that it will retain up to 57-percent of its original value after the first three years.
  • 2016 Nissan Altima Sedan The Nissan Altima is estimated to retain only about 47-percent of its value after three years, while Intellichoice shows that it can cost as much as $4902 more to own a Nissan Altima than a 2016 Mazda6 over the course of five years.

Explore Your New 2016 Mazda6 Sedan at the Premier Tampa and Sarasota New Car Leader

To see more examples of why the 2016 Mazda6 sedan is the superior choice for Tampa and Sarasota driver, contact Cox Mazda at (941) 749-2790 or stop by our showroom at 3101 CORTEZ ROAD WEST in Bradenton, FL.