Compare 2013 Mazda MAZDA6 vs 2013 Kia Optima

2013 Mazda MAZDA6
2013 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 $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
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4-Door Sedan LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LX 24 35 $20,400 $21,350
4-Door Sedan EX 24 35 $22,095 $23,650
4-Door Sedan SX 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
4-Door Sedan SX w/Chrome Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
4-Door Sedan SX w/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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
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
City
21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.600 15.43
Brakes
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 -
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)
18.500 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.930 2.94
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65HR16 P205/65R16
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
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3268 3223
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.900 3.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 600
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection 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
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 24
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda6 Kia Optima
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.6 NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 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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