Comparing The 2018 Mazda6 in Clear Lake - Which Will Reign Supreme?

When you need to make a quick decision about what vehicle to purchase, it can be stressful and inevitably leave you with a car you don’t even enjoy. Thankfully, the 2018 Mazda6 in Clear Lake will never fall into that category, because it’s an innovative, luxurious machine that focuses on you, the driver. Keep reading to learn why we stand by Mazda when it’s compared to the competition, the 2018 Nissan Altima.

Safety For All, Compromise For None

For those inattentive drivers, the Mazda6’s optional lane departure warning system can gently nudge the vehicle back into its lane if it starts to drift, while the standard 360-degree View Monitor provides a complete view of objects surrounding the car. The Altima doesn’t offer a warning system for drifty drivers, nor does it have sensors on the sides to give the driver an entire 360-degree view of the vehicle. For all new cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does an impact test where the vehicle is crashed into a flat barrier 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH. These are the results rendered from this crash test:





Front Seat


5 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Movement

1.1 inches

1.4 inches

Hip Force

437 lbs.

493 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

380 lbs.

677 lbs.

Suspension and Handling

Everyone wants a smoother ride wherever they go, and with the Mazda6 you’ll get just that. For a softer ride with incredible stability, the Mazda6 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks to provide better control over bumpy roads. For even more stability, the Mazda6 has a longer wheelbase than the Altima (by two inches) and handles at .84 G’s of cornering force. At this point, it’s hard to imagine any other features to increase the driving experience, but that’s not what it means to drive a Mazda. Going a step further, the Mazda6’s turning circle is almost an entire foot tighter (.7 feet) for fantastic maneuverability. So when it comes to suspension and handling, the Mazda6 is clearly superior over the Nissan Altima.

Efficiency For The Road Ahead

Since rainy and darker days are ahead, we highlighted a few key features that the Mazda6 offers for an improved driving experience during these colder months. When it rains, the wipers turn on and off automatically by detecting the amount of rainfall on the windshield. When the rainy days turn into long, cold nights, keep everyone warm with heated seats in the front, as well as heated seats in the rear in the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature Mazda6 models. Not only does the Mazda6 make everything more convenient for you, but it also considers other drivers around you. If you are driving with the high beams on and forget to turn them off, light sensors on the Mazda6 can detect when another vehicle is on the road and automatically switch to low beams. The Altima doesn’t offer any of these incredible features, so once again, Mazda reigns supreme in yet another category.

If you want to learn more about the 2018 Mazda6 in Clear Lake, then visit us for a test drive at DeMontrond Mazda! It really is that easy.