Compare 2016 Kia Optima vs 2016 Mazda MAZDA6

2016 Kia Optima
2016 Mazda MAZDA6
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4-Door Sedan EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Optima 4-Door Sedan EX 24 35 $23,453 $25,140
Optima 4-Door Sedan LX 24 35 $21,396 $22,140
Optima 4-Door Sedan LX Turbo 28 39 $22,800 $24,140
Optima 4-Door Sedan SX Turbo 22 32 $27,865 $29,940
Optima 4-Door Sedan SXL Turbo 22 32 $33,435 $36,040
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan 36 40 $24,350 $25,995
Optima Hybrid 4-Door Sedan EX 35 39 $29,856 $32,195
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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 26 38 $28,519 $30,195
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 26 38 $21,842 $22,995
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 26 38 $23,613 $24,995
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 37 $20,525 $21,495
Mazda6 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 37 $22,621 $23,945
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,453
$28,519
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,140
$30,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$419 / month
$503 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct. The Mazda 6 is a near-knockout: its four-cylinder isn't blazingly quick, but the stunning shape and athletic driving experience add a lot of charm to the surprisingly frugal four-door.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
45.5 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
56 56.1
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 38.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 37.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.8 99.7
Second Hip Room (in)
56 56.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 57.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 6.7
Length, Overall (in)
191.1 192.7
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.4 111.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 72.4
Track Width, Front (in)
63.1 62.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 14.8
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 10.9
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12 11.7
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 36.7
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P225/45WR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55VR17 P225/45WR19
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3362 3250
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 19 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 19 X 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
800 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 100
Engine
Displacement
2.4 L/144 2.5 L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 6000 184 @ 5700
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
178 @ 4000 185 @ 3250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 26
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.64 2.02
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 3.55
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.81
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.45
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Optima Mazda Mazda6
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 5.7
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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