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Compare 2014 Kia Optima vs 2014 Mazda MAZDA6

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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan LX
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Trim

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
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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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 Automatic i Touring 26 38 $23,320 $24,695
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 26 38 $28,038 $29,695
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 37 $22,329 $23,645
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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
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in) 63 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 6.4
Length, Overall (in) 190.7 191.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.4 14.8
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 36.7
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/65HR16 P225/55VR17
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/65HR16 P225/55VR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3237 3183
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
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
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 760 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150 100
Engine
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System Direct Gasoline Injection Direct Gasoline Injection
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 37
Transmission
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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.21 3.70
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.88 4.10
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
Summary
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name Kia Optima Mazda Mazda6
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.8 (Est) 6.3 (Est)
Crash Test Ratings
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
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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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