Compare 2014 Kia Optima vs 2014 Mazda MAZDA6

2014 Kia Optima
2014 Mazda MAZDA6
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4-Door Sedan LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LX 23 34 $20,579 $21,500
4-Door Sedan EX 23 34 $22,429 $23,950
4-Door Sedan SX 23 34 $23,877 $25,500
4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 20 31 $25,763 $27,500
4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 20 31 $32,963 $35,300
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 37 $20,035 $20,990
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 26 38 $21,546 $22,695
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 37 $22,329 $23,645
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 26 38 $23,320 $24,695
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 26 38 $28,038 $29,695
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,579
$20,035
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,500
$20,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$358 / month
$350 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome. The 2014 Mazda 6 is a beauty, with refined, perky powertrains and a driving experience that mostly delivers on what the exterior suggests.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.7 38.7
Front Head Room (in)
40 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 99.7
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 56.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 57.1
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 56.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
63 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 6.4
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 191.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
63 62
Wheelbase (in)
110 111.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 72.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 14.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 11.7
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 10.9
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 36.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65HR16 P225/55VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65HR16 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3237 3183
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
760 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
181 @ 4250 185 @ 3250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4 L/144 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
192 @ 6300 184 @ 5700
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 25
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 3.70
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 4.11
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.30
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64 1.95
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Mazda Mazda6
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.8 (Est) 6.3
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
Rollover Rating

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