Compare 2013 Kia Optima vs 2013 Mazda MAZDA6

2013 Kia Optima
2013 Mazda MAZDA6
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4-Door Sedan EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan EX 24 35 $22,095 $23,650
Optima 4-Door Sedan LX 24 35 $20,400 $21,350
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX w/Chrome Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX w/Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 35 39 $29,555 $31,950
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 36 40 $24,210 $25,900
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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 21 30 $26,204 $27,750
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 21 30 $20,517 $21,725
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 21 30 $22,071 $23,370
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 21 30 $23,769 $25,170
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $28,316 $29,990
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 21 30 $19,575 $20,725
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,095
$26,204
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,650
$27,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$394 / month
$463 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.49 55.900
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.28 57.300
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.17 101.900
Second Head Room (in)
37.60 37.300
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.71 56.500
Front Leg Room (in)
45.47 42.500
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.65 55.100
Second Leg Room (in)
34.65 38.000
Front Head Room (in)
39.96 38.100
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 62.800
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.31 5.100
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 193.700
Height, Overall (in)
57.28 57.900
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 62.400
Wheelbase (in)
110.04 109.800
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.05 72.400
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.43 16.600
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)
11.2 x - TBD - 11.000 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 - 11.800 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.500
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.200
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.76 35.400
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 2.930
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P235/45WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA T115/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P235/45WR18
Trailering
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 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3223 3323
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 18.0 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA 16.0 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 6.5 18.0 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
3.6 8.900
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 590
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 100
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
186 @ 4250 167 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.4L/144 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 6300 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 25
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.285
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.662
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 2.930
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.63 1.997
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.652
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.38 0.893
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 3.620
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Mazda Mazda6
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
NA - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
NA 7.4
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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