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2018 Mazda6 vs 2018 Kia Optima

Comparison image of a red 2019 Mazda6 and a white 2018 Kia Optima

Are you searching for a new mid-size sedan that offers a combination of excellent engine performance and quality fuel economy? If so, then you are in luck as the mid-size sedan marketplace is full of many excellent options for you to explore. In the Carlsbad, CA area, there are two excellent options customers should strongly consider exploring. Those two models are the 2018 Mazda6 and the 2018 Kia Optima.

Both the 2018 Mazda6 and 2018 Kia Optima feature multiple engine options. The engine options each of these sedans offer can provide a nice combination of performance and fuel economy. The best way to discover which of these two models is the better option is by comparing them against one another. Now, let’s take a closer look at how each of these sedans matches up against one another to see which of the two is the better option for customers!

Standard Engine Specifications

2018 Mazda6


2018 Kia Optima

2.5L I-4 Engine Base Engine 2.4L I-4 Engine
187 Horsepower Engine Power 185 Horsepower
186 Pound-Feet Engine Torque 178 Pound-Feet
26 MPG / 35 MPG Fuel Economy (City / Hwy) 25 MPG / 36 MPG

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The table above highlights the key engine specifications for the base engines available on the 2018 Mazda6 and the 2018 Kia Optima. As you can see, these engines are very competitive. The 2018 Mazda6 has a slight advantage in engine power and a more significant advantage in engine torque. When evaluating fuel economy, the 2018 Mazda6 has a slight advantage in the city, while the 2018 Kia Optima has a slight advantage on the highway. The table below highlights the same specifications for each model’s turbo engine option. For this comparison, the 2018 Mazda6 has the advantage in engine torque, while the 2018 Optima has the advantage in engine power. For fuel economy, the 2018 Mazda6 has the advantage in the city, while both engine options offer the same fuel economy on the highway.

Turbo Engine Specifications

2018 Mazda6


2018 Optima

2.5L Turbo I-4 Engine Turbo Engine 2.0L Turbo I-4 Engine
227 Horsepower Engine Power 245 Horsepower
310 Pound-Feet Engine Torque 260 Pound-Feet
23 MPG / 31 MPG Fuel Economy (City / Hwy) 22 MPG / 31 MPG

If you are interested in learning more about how the 2018 Mazda6 stands out from the 2018 Optima and other competitors, then you should contact the staff at Bob Baker Mazda today! Our team is happy to answer any questions that you might have. Visit our dealership in Carlsbad, CA today!