2019 Mazda6 vs. the Competition | Bedford, OH


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The 2019 Mazda6 and the 2019 Kia Optima are two of the best cars in their class, so if you’re looking to buy a new mid-size sedan, you might have a hard time choosing between them. Check out our side-by-side comparison to see which one is the perfect car for you.


The Mazda6 and Kia Optima are neck-and-neck when it comes to performance, though the Mazda has slightly higher output. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine on the Mazda6 gets 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, while the Optima only produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque.

The Mazda6 is also a bit more fuel-efficient than the Kia, thanks in part to its turbocharged engine. The Mazda is rated 35 mpg highway, while the Kia Optima is only rated 33 mpg highway.* Both are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.


If size is important to you, either the Kia or Mazda could work for you; they have largely similar dimensions with only minor differences in legroom, cargo space, headroom, and passenger volume. Both the Mazda6 and the Kia Optima come with a color touchscreen and infotainment system.

The Mazda delivers an overall quieter ride thanks to lots of soundproofing and a finely tuned suspension, and reviewers rave about the exhilarating performance and responsive handling the Mazda6 delivers.


Though both the Mazda6 and the Kia Optima received 5-star safety ratings from the NHTSA and both earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation, with eight standard i-ACTIVSENSE driver assist features compared to the four standard driver assist features on the Kia Optima.

Both come with Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, and Brake Support, but only the Mazda6 offers standard High Beam Control and Traffic Sign Recognition at the base trim level. The Mazda6 also offers impressive visibility technology and other tech that makes driving easier even in tricky situations.

Though the competition is tough, the 2019 Mazda6 comes out the winner in this comparison. Learn more about its rival-beating features at Mazda of Bedford!


*EPA-estimated mileage. Actual results will vary.



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