Compare 2011 Kia Optima vs 2011 Mazda MAZDA6

2011 Kia Optima
2011 Mazda MAZDA6
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,080 $24,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,480 $26,200
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 34 $21,210 $22,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX Hybrid 34 39 $24,760 $26,500
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 34 $19,780 $20,700
Optima 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $18,800 $19,200
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 22 31 $24,788 $26,820
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 31 $19,405 $20,990
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 22 31 $20,923 $22,635
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 22 31 $22,406 $24,240
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $27,098 $29,320
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring Plus 18 27 $25,030 $27,080
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 30 $18,481 $19,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,080
$24,788
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,700
$26,820
Monthly Payment Estimate
$412 / month
$447 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2011 Mazda Mazda6 is a great pick for practically-minded family-car shoppers who also value driving enjoyment.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.7 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.1
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 55.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 57.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 55.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.2 101.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 62.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 193.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
110.0 109.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.1 72.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 16.6
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 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)
11.2 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.93
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/50R17 P215/55VR17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T115/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/50R17 P215/55VR17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3385 3309
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 17.0 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16.0 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 17.0 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
3.5 8.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
269 @ 1750 167 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
274 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection MPFI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.65 3.62
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.29
Trans Type
6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.69
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.41
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.83 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.86
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.38 0.93
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Mazda Mazda6
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Double-Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent E-Type
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7 (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
--
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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