Compare 2012 Mazda MAZDA6 vs 2012 Kia Optima

2012 Mazda MAZDA6
2012 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 $19,343 $20,480
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 22 31 $20,286 $21,480
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 22 31 $21,839 $23,125
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Plus 22 31 $23,352 $24,730
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 22 31 $25,786 $27,310
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring Plus 18 27 $26,033 $27,570
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 18 27 $28,146 $29,810
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,343
$19,095
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,480
$19,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$341 / month
$325 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Mazda6 is just as comfortable, practical, and refined as most other mid-size sedans, but it's a little more enjoyable to drive. The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.1 54.7
Second Leg Room (in)
38.0 34.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
55.9 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.9 102.2
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 63.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 110.0
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.4 72.1
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
193.7 190.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.6 15.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 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)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.93 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T115/70D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65HR16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65HR16 P205/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3272 3206
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16.0 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.9 3.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 6000 200 @ 6300
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 35
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.20 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.39 4.33-3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97 1.27
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.68 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.26
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.69
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda6 Kia Optima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.8 6.5
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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