2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Mazda6

Get ready. We have a faceoff with the vehicle that Christopher Walken serves as pitchman for vs. the car that at least in previous model years has inspired a child to say "zoom zoom." In other words, we're looking at the 2016 Kia Optima vs. 2016 Mazda6 midsize sedans. While Walken is the perfect person to demonstrate how the 2016 Optima is unique among the competition, just like Walken is, there's so much more going for Kia's award-winning sedan. To name but a few of the awards it has won, the 2016 Optima was named to the Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com 16 Best Family Cars for 2016 list, as well as being named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Which means the 2016 is an excellent vehicle for a family, thanks to its impact-resistant construction and features like Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). That's not all; the 2016 Optima also won the KBB.com Best Buy Award for midsize sedans.

While the 2016 Mazda6 put on a brave face and also nabbed the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, it didn't place in either of the KBB.com awards like the Optima. Perhaps that's because the 2016 Mazda6 only has 99.7 cubic feet for passengers, which will make them feel cramped – especially in the backseat – compared to the 2016 Optima's luxury-sized 104.8 cubic feet.

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2016 Kia Optima Vs. 2016 Mazda6
$15,535 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $21,500 (The Competition)
185 / 245 HP: Base / Top 184 in all models
104.8 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 99.7
Yes Kelley Blue Book KBB.com Best Buy? No
10-yr/100k-mile powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 5-yr/60k-mile powertrain, 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper

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Another sign of the 2016 Kia Optima's dominance is its superior power, which begins with 185 HP in base models and moves up to 245 HP in models with turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. The 2016 Mazda6, on the other hand, begins and ends with the same amount of giddy up and go in all models, 184 HP coming from a standard 4-cylinder engine.

When you're driving a midsize sedan, you not only want space for passengers and nice fuel economy (which the 2016 Optima has at 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway in base models), but you're looking for comfort. The 2016 Optima has available leather seating, sport leather seating and quilted Nappa leather seating, any of which will make you feel like the head of your own small country while you take the wheel.

We're proud to show off all of these qualities of the 2016 Kia Optima at Friendly Kia, located at 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Call us at 877-544-6706 or come visit us so you can take the Optima for a test drive today. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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