2011 Mazda
6 i Touring
vs. 2011 Nissan
Maxima SV

2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.8

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Sporty performance
12.3 lb/hp
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
14.7 s s @ 99.0 mph mph
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Fast 0-60 time
6.2 seconds
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring

9.3

Runner-up

Mazda 6 i Touring

starting from

$23,430
"Sporty driving dynamics."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's handling
"Big trunk."
edmunds.com | talking about the 6's storage

Reasons to buy the Mazda 6 i Touring

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Average number of gears
5
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Average highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Spacious back seats
46.3 ft3
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Good range on the highway
574 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.5
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
  • The Maxima SV's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Almost the same
Performance 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Winner: 6 i Touring
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  • Almost the same, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The 6 i Touring's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The 6 i Touring needs around 10% less space to turn, 35.4 ft vs 37.4 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Winner: 6 i Touring
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  • The best price we've seen is $11,780 cheaper (more than 30% less), $23,430 vs $35,210
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 19 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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  • Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.3

Luxury Features

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Maxima SV's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Maxima SV; the 6 i Touring only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Maxima SV has more speakers, but the 6 i Touring has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Maxima SV's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the 6 i Touring does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Maxima SV's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the 6 i Touring

Performance

Nissan
Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Horsepower 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Maxima SV is fairly powerful, but the 6 i Touring is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The 6 i Touring has an OK number of gears, while the Maxima SV has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The 6 i Touring's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 12.3 lb/hp vs 19.6 lb/hp The Maxima SV is a sporty car, but the 6 i Touring is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 ft vs 35.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Nissan
Maxima SV
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2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 520 miles vs 574 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 14.2 ft3 vs 16.6 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.9 ft3 vs 55.5 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Maxima SV offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 6 i Touring
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Cupholders 6 vs 6 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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MSRP $35,210 vs $23,430 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 22 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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Maxima SV
2011 Nissan Maxima SV
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Maxima SV
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2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
6 i Touring
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 5 stars Great protection, only 10% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Maxima SV
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2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Mazda
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0-60 mph 6.2 seconds vs 9.0 seconds The Maxima SV can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the 6 i Touring is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 139 ft The Maxima SV's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the 6 i Touring is quite bad
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1/4 mile 14.7 s s @ 99.0 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 85.0 mph mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is good, but the 6 i Touring's is below average for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 328i 6 i Touring vs 328i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Audi A4 Premium 6 i Touring vs A4 Premium
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2012 Honda Civic Si 6 i Touring vs Civic Si
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 BMW 550i 6 i Touring vs 550i
2011 Mazda 6 i Touring 2011 Lexus IS 250 6 i Touring vs IS 250
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Infiniti G37 Journey Maxima SV vs G37 Journey
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Honda Accord EX-L Maxima SV vs Accord EX-L
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Maxima SV vs Camry XLE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Maxima SV vs Altima 3.5 SR
2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2012 Ford Fusion SE Maxima SV vs Fusion SE

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for Bill Dodge Auto Group Bill Dodge Auto Group (9:37 PM, May 11, 2016)
I have to agree, the Maxima is a surprisingly good car. I drove a rental one several weeks ago when I was out of town and was surprised by how good it was. I went up and down the coast of Maine and barely used any gas at all.