2020 Kia Optima Vs. 2019 Mazda6

side by side comparison of 2020 Kia Optima Vs. 2019 Mazda6

The automotive industry, these days, sees the most competition in the crossover market. After all, North Americans have determined the crossover to have the perfect balance between handling, comfort and capability. Entire manufacturers are streamlining their lineup to focus on the crossover as a first-and-foremost type of vehicle on their lineup. The commotion around the unibody SUV has allowed the timeless midsize sedan class to become the place to find luxurious and extravagantly apportioned vehicles. For Kia, the Optima both looks great and is full of luxury-level specs and features.

The Kia Optima isn’t the only vehicle in the segment that has its sights set on high-value luxury and style, however. The Mazda6 is another model that seemingly aims upmarket, wanting to take down totems like the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima on price while challenging Acura and Lexus for style and features. How do the two compare? Let’s find out!

2020 Kia Optima


2019 Mazda6

2.4-liter 4-cylinder (185 horsepower) Base engine (horsepower) 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (187 horsepower)
2.0-liter turbocharged (245 horsepower) Available engine (horsepower) 2.5-liter turbocharged (227 horsepower)
31 combined MPG (EX) Maximum fuel economy 29 combined MPG (Sport)
Standard on all trims Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration Only on top trim levels
18.5 gallons Gas tank 16.4 gallons
45.5 inches Front-row legroom 42.2 inches
121 cubic feet Total passenger space 100 cubic feet
15.9 cubic feet Trunk space 14.7 cubic feet
10 years/100,000 miles Engine/powertrain warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
$23,190 MSRP starts at $23,800

Drivers Have Some Great Options in the Midsize Sedan Market. The Kia Optima is the Best

As you can see in the above chart, both the 2020 Kia Optima and 2019 Mazda6 are doing a good thing for sedan shoppers everywhere. They’re making style and luxury something that drivers can afford. Both the 2020 Kia Optima and 2019 Mazda6 feature an exterior design that would turn heads in the luxury segment. Both the 2020 Kia Optima and 2019 Mazda6 want to give drivers more.

However, the comparison pretty much ends there.

Once you get beyond the mission these two sedans are seemingly on, it becomes clear that the 2020 Kia Optima is a stronger follow-through. The 2020 Kia Optima, for instance, features a more powerful upgraded engine option. It also features a third powertrain (the Mazda6 only has two) that is specifically engineered for maximum fuel efficiency.

Whichever model you choose, however, you’ll be stopping less to fill up since the Kia Optima has two more gallons of fuel on hand than the 2019 Mazda6.

In terms of interior comfort and convenience features, the 2020 Kia Optima goes further – giving drivers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as a standard feature at every trim level. It also features more legroom and passenger space than the Mazda6.

While both vehicles are strong contenders, only the Kia Optima delivers an entry-luxury experience at a mass-market price tag. For more information on the 2020 Kia Optima or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!