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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan SX 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
4-Door Sedan EX 24 35 $22,095 $23,650
4-Door Sedan LX 24 35 $20,400 $21,350
4-Door Sedan SX w/Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
4-Door Sedan SX w/Chrome Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 30 $19,575 $20,725
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 21 30 $20,517 $21,725
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 21 30 $22,071 $23,370
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 21 30 $23,769 $25,170
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 21 30 $26,204 $27,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $28,316 $29,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,400
$19,575
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,350
$20,725
Monthly Payment Estimate
$356 / month
$345 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan. The 2013 Mazda6 is a little more enjoyable to drive than other mid-size sedans, and its roomy, comfortable interior is another advantage, but it's behind the curve in occupant safety and tech features.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 35 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.60 37.300
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.71 56.500
Front Leg Room (in) 45.47 42.500
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 54.65 55.100
Second Leg Room (in) 34.65 38.000
Front Head Room (in) 39.96 39.400
Second Hip Room (in) 54.49 55.900
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.28 57.300
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.17 101.900
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.31 5.100
Length, Overall (in) 190.7 193.700
Height, Overall (in) 57.28 57.900
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.03 62.400
Wheelbase (in) 110.04 109.800
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.05 72.400
Track Width, Front (in) 63.03 62.800
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.43 16.600
Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.2 x - TBD - 11.000 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.800 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.500
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.200
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.76 35.400
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.94 2.930
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P205/65R16 P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size NA T115/70D16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/65R16 P205/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3223 3268
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 16.0 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16.0 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16.0 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 3.6 8.900
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 590
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 100
Engine
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 200 @ 6300 170 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 186 @ 4250 167 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 35 30
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.80 1.310
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.795
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.38 3.198
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.63 1.842
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.88 4.388
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.38 0.970
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 0.680
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.21 3.454
Summary
Vehicle Name Kia Optima Mazda Mazda6
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score NA - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year NA 7.6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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