Mazda has invested heavily in its ad campaign with "Breaking Bad's" Aaron Paul doing voice-overs for sedans and SUVs alike, and talking about how uniquely designed the vehicles are. The 2017 Kia Optima has had its own share of promotional partnerships and commercials, and they underscore how it's truly unique and is the ideal midsize sedan, compared to competition like the 2017 Mazda6.
But enough with the hype; let's assume you've had enough of the Aaron Paul-narrated commercials and now it's put up or shut up time: The 2017 Kia Optima is simply the dominant midsize sedan on the market, especially when you factor in its style, features and value. You can have a 2017 Optima for around $17,000 with the Friendly Kia VIP Price, while our competition in the area is asking for more than $21,000 for the 2017 Mazda6. If you think that additional money buys you additional performance or value, you'd be wrong. The 2017 Optima is a muscular, well-heeled sedan constructed in the European style, and with a grace that has won awards like the Red Dot Design award in 2016. But it also out-performs the 2017 Mazda6, with 245 as its top horsepower rating, while the 2017 Mazda6 begins and ends with 184 horsepower in all of its trim options.
|2017 Kia Optima||Vs.||2017 Mazda6|
|$16,880 (Friendly Kia VIP)||Price||$21,372 (The Competition)|
|28, 37||Top MPG (city, highway)||27, 35|
|25, 36||Base MPG (city, highway)||26, 35|
|104.8||Passenger Room (cubic feet)||99.7|
|15.9||Cargo Room (cubic feet)||14.8|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||Yes|
|10-yr/100k-mile limited powertrain; 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper||Warranty Coverage||5-yr/60k-mile limited powertrain; 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper|
Now that we've covered engine performance, let's look at what else is inside these two sedans. For starters, the 2017 Mazda6 has 99.7 cubic feet of room for passengers, which the 2017 Optima easily one-ups with 104.8 cubic feet for passengers, giving you additional leg room and comfort. Plus, the Optima has available UVO3 eServices, with 8GB for music storage and access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Combine the additional room of the Optima and its tech, along with its low price and superior performance, and we have a clear winner.
We'd love to set you up with a test ride for a 2017 Kia Optima at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Brooksville, Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. 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.