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Selected Style 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 $18,481 $19,990
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 31 $19,405 $20,990
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 22 31 $20,923 $22,635
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 22 31 $22,406 $24,240
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 22 31 $24,788 $26,820
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring Plus 18 27 $25,030 $27,080
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $27,098 $29,320
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $18,800 $19,200
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 34 $19,780 $20,700
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 34 $21,210 $22,700
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,080 $24,700
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,480 $26,200
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX Hybrid 34 39 $24,760 $26,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,481
$18,800
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,990
$19,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$333 / month
$320 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 is a great pick for practically-minded family-car shoppers who also value driving enjoyment. Kia simply gets it; basic doesn't have to be boring, and the 2011 Kia Optima shows that mid-size sedan shoppers don't have to settle to design boredom or a lack of features.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 38.0 34.7
Front Head Room (in) 39.4 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 55.9 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.3 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.9 102.2
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 55.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5 45.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.1 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.4 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 62.8 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 193.7 190.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.8 63.0
Wheelbase (in) 109.8 110.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.6 15.4
Brakes
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 - 11.8 x - TBD -
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) 11.0 x - TBD - 11.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.93 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/65HR16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/65HR16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size T115/70D16 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3258 3206
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16.0 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16.0 x 4.0 - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16.0 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.9 3.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 110
Engine
Fuel System MPFI Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 167 @ 4000 186 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/152 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 6000 200 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.39 4.33-3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.27
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.72 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.45 3.26
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.69
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.20 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.84 1.93
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Mazda Mazda6 Kia Optima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double-Wishbone w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent E-Type Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.8 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 (2010) -
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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