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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 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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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
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2014 Mazda 6 is a beauty, with refined, perky powertrains and a driving experience that mostly delivers on what the exterior suggests. The 2014 Kia Optima is a sensible and spacious four-door sedan, but it moonlights as something a little more stylish and adventuresome.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 23 mpg
EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.5 55.7
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 45.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 99.7 102.2
Front Hip Room (in) 56.1 54.7
Second Leg Room (in) 38.7 34.7
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 40
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 56.1 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 57.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 57.1 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 62 63
Wheelbase (in) 111.4 110
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.4 72.1
Track Width, Front (in) 62.4 63
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.4 5.1
Length, Overall (in) 191.5 190.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.8 15.4
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 11.2
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 11.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.4 18.5
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.7 35.8
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/55VR17 P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/55VR17 P205/65HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3183 3237
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7.5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 X 7.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 100 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 760
Fuel System Direct Gasoline Injection Direct Gasoline Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 185 @ 3250 181 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5 L/152 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 184 @ 5700 192 @ 6300
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 34
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.70 4.21
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.10 2.88
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.30 1.80
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.72 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.95 2.64
Trans Order Code NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.39
Vehicle Name Mazda Mazda6 Kia Optima
Body Style Sedan Sedan
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
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.3 (Est) 6.8 (Est)
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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