2018 Mazda6 vs 2018 Nissan Maxima - Riverside Mazda Drivers Comparison

The 2018 Mazda6 is a midsize sedan that’s known for its sporty handling, accurate steering and attractive styling. The Mazda6 is a joy to drive. It’s a vehicle built for car enthusiasts. Riverside Mazda shoppers who test drive the Mazda6 should put the new turbo-four engine through its paces. Owners also like the Mazda6’s user-friendly infotainment system.

The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a large sedan that competes in the crowded sedan class. Read our head-to-head comparison to learn which vehicle comes out ahead.


If price is a consideration, you’ll want to choose the 2018 Mazda6 over the 2018 Nissan Maxima. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the Mazda6 starts at $21,950. Compare this with the 2018 Nissan Maxima, with its starting MSRP $33,420. As you can see, Mazda6 buyers will save more than $11,000. We should point out that the MSRP isn’t the price you’ll pay at a dealership. We use that figure for comparison.

Fuel Efficiency

The price of gasoline is unpredictable. When gas prices are high, you’ll want a vehicle that delivers the kind of outstanding fuel economy you’ll get with the 2018 Mazda6. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Mazda6’s base 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the automatic gearbox is 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway. The Nissan Maxima’s 3.5-liter V6 returns 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway. What’s more, Nissan recommends Maxima owners use more expensive premium unleaded gasoline.


The 2018 Mazda6 has a choice between two excellent transmissions. The 6’s six-speed automatic is smooth and responsive. Drivers who prefer a manual gearbox can select the smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission, which comes standard on the Sport trim. Maxima buyers will have to settle for the standard continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Interior Space

When you buy a new vehicle, you’ll want plenty of space to keep passengers comfortable and to stow cargo. The 2018 Mazda6 offers backseat passengers more legroom than the 2018 Nissan Maxima — a full 4.5 inches. The Mazda6 provides more cargo space, too, so you’ll have more room for groceries, items from the local home supply store, or anything else you need to take along.


While the 2018 Nissan Maxima is attractively styled, it just doesn’t quite reach the aesthetic level achieved by the 2018 Mazda6. The updated front-end design only improves the Mazda6’s good looks. The new grille adds a look that’s even sportier, with an air of sophistication provided by chrome accents. The Mazda6 comes has a choice of eight beautiful colors, including Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Pearl, Sonic Silver Metallic and Soul Red Crystal Metallic. The Maxima comes in seven colors, most of which are shades of black, gray and white.

In the End

When you compare the 2018 Mazda6 with the 2018 Nissan Maxima side by side, it’s easy to see that the Mazda6 emerges as the winner of this competition. The Maxima is a good car. But the Mazda6 is better, with a more economical price tag, better fuel economy, and styling that’s bound to turn heads.