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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport
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Trim

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
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,575
$20,400
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,725
$21,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$345 / month
$356 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line 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. The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan.
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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 Hip Room (in) 55.900 54.49
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.300 57.28
Passenger Volume (ft³) 101.900 102.17
Second Head Room (in) 37.300 37.60
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.500 55.71
Front Leg Room (in) 42.500 45.47
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.100 54.65
Second Leg Room (in) 38.000 34.65
Front Head Room (in) 39.400 39.96
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 62.800 63.03
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.100 5.31
Length, Overall (in) 193.700 190.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.900 57.28
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.400 63.03
Wheelbase (in) 109.800 110.04
Liftover Height (in) NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.400 72.05
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.600 15.43
Brakes
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) 11.000 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) 11.800 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.500 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.200 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.400 35.76
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.930 2.94
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/65HR16 P205/65R16
Spare Tire Size T115/70D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/65HR16 P205/65R16
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3268 3223
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16.0 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16.0 x 4.0 NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16.0 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.900 3.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 590 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 110
Engine
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
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 28
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.680 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.454 4.21
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.310 1.80
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.795 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.198 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.842 2.63
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.388 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.970 1.38
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic w/manual shift
Summary
Vehicle Name Mazda Mazda6 Kia Optima
Body Style Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - NA
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.6 NA
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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