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Mazda 6 Wins Edmunds’ Inside Line Family Sedan Comparison Test

September 11, 2008

Inside Line, Edmunds.com’s high-speed online car magazine, recently announced that the 2009 Mazda 6 won its latest comparison test of family sedans, which is described in full at Comparison Test: 2009 Mazda 6 vs. 2008 Honda Accord vs. 2008 Nissan Altima (http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=131667 ?tid=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..2).

The Inside Line editorial team compared three similarly positioned family sedans:

— 2009 Mazda 6 s Grand Touring (MSRP of $30,690 and Edmunds.com True Market Value(R) (TMV(R)) of $30,560), equipped with a six-cylinder, 272-horsepower engine and six-speed automatic transmission;

— 2008 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 Navi (MSRP of $30,930 and TMV(R) of $28,468), equipped with a six-cylinder, 268-horsepower engine and five-speed automatic transmission;

— 2008 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE (MSRP of $27,275 and TMV(R) of $25,881), equipped with a six-cylinder, 270-horsepower engine and continuously variable transmission.

“All three of the sedans have something to offer,” says Chris Walton, Edmunds’ Inside Line Chief Road Test Editor. “But the 2009 Mazda 6′s sporty driving dynamics, features and well thought-out design gave it the overall victory.”

The 2008 Honda Accord came in second place and impressed the editors with its value, refinement and build quality. The 2008 Nissan Altima, despite its price advantage, trailed the pack as a result of missing features and failing to fulfill its historical promise of being the sportiest front-drive sedan in its class.

Vehicle Rankings from Comparison Test: 2009 Mazda 6 vs. 2008 Honda Accord vs. 2008 Nissan Altima

1. 2009 Mazda 6

2. 2008 Honda Accord

3. 2008 Nissan Altima

To read the test and to get more information on the editors’ evaluations and rankings, visit Comparison Test: 2009 Mazda 6 vs. 2008 Honda Accord vs. 2008 Nissan Altima (http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId= 131667?tid=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..2).

Lively discussions about this comparison are currently underway in the Mazda 6 vs. Honda Accord vs. Nissan Altima (http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f1aed50) message board in Edmunds.com’s CarSpace Forums (http://www.carspace.com/csGroups).

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Edmunds Inc. publishes four Web sites that empower, engage and educate automotive consumers, enthusiasts and insiders. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive consumer information, launched in 1995 as the first automotive information Web site. Its most popular feature, the Edmunds.com True Market Value(R), is relied upon by millions of people seeking current transaction prices for new and used vehicles. Edmunds.com was named “Best Car Research Site” by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the “Most Useful Web Site” according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com Study(SM), was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites by The Wall Street Journal and was rated “#1″ in Keynote’s study of third-party automotive Web sites. Inside Line launched in 2005 and is the most-read automotive enthusiast Web site. CarSpace launched in 2006 and is an automotive social networking Web site and home to the oldest and most established automotive community. AutoObserver.com launched in 2007 and provides insightful automotive industry commentary and analysis. Edmunds Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit.