Compare 2011 Mazda MAZDA6 vs 2011 Kia Optima

2011 Mazda MAZDA6
2011 Kia Optima
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4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
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
City
21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 63.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 110.0
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.6 15.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.2 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 - 11.8 x - TBD -
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 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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 -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3258 3206
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 3.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 35
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.20 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda6 Kia Optima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 (2010) -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
--
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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