2019 Kia Optima

Starting Price: $23,820 | Price Yours

Above Average: Great overall value, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, tons of advanced safety features and a warranty that blows many competitors out of the water.

Below Average: No all-wheel drive option.

Consensus: The 2019 Kia Optima is a good-looking midsize sedan that gets good fuel economy, great tech, and very good value.  It is one of Kia’s best-selling models.


2019 Mazda6

Starting Price: $24,720 | Price Yours

Above Average: A stylish, fun-to-drive midsize sedan that comes so well-equipped it could be from a more premium marque.  

Below Average: No hybrid or all-wheel drive options.

Consensus: Premium vibe, great fuel economy and high safety scores packed into a good-looking car that is fun to drive.

The 2019 Kia Optima gets a handsome new exterior as well as a suite of upgraded Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS) as standard including things like forward collision avoidance assistance, driver attention warning, and lane keeping assist. While most people may not consider the Optima a sport sedan, our editors think it comes awfully close. The transmission is smooth and responsive, and the Optima offers four different driving modes that make it enjoyable to drive in a variety of conditions. The interior of the Optima has a ton of high-quality materials and includes a Harman Kardon sound system. For 2019 Kia updated it’s UVO infotainment system making it more user friendly, too.

RELATED: Read our Kia Optima Review

For 2019 the Mazda6 gets standard drivers aids including emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control. There is also a new Grand Touring Reserve trim added to the lineup. On the road the Mazda6 is a joy to drive. It offers plenty of driving engagement and has a family-friendly ride quality. You can opt for a 2.5-liter inline-4 or a turbocharged version of that engine. Rear legroom is a bit tight, but the rest of the interior and the front seats are high-quality and comfortable. In order to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you need to step up to a higher trim level (Touring). For our money we recommend coming in at least the Touring level to get the right bells and whistles.

RELATED: Read Our Mazda Mazda6 Long-Term Ownership Review


Both the Kia Optima and the Mazda6 offer tons of technology for a very good price.

Kia Optima Advantages

Good looking, tons of standard safety equipment and both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come as standard.

Mazda6 Advantages

Great looking and well-priced.

Final Recommendation

It is a dead tie between these two vehicles as we rated both at 4.4 out of 5. Both the Kia Optima and Mazda6 offer fantastic technology and options for very competitive prices. It is really going to come down to personal preference when deciding between these two midsize vehicles. 

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  2019 Kia Optima 2019 Mazda6
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.4-liter I4 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm 187 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-spd Automatic, 6-spd
Fuel Economy 27 mpg (24 city/33 hwy) 29 mpg (26 city/35 hwy
Also Available 1.6-liter I4, 1.6-liter  turbo I4, 2.0-liter turbo I4, Hybrid   
Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 stars 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 110.4 inches 111.4 inches
Overall Length 191.1 inches 192.7 inches
Width 73.2 inches 72.4 inches
Height 57.7 inches 57.1 inches
Turning Diameter 35.8 feet 36.7 feet
Headroom, Front 39.8 inches 38.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.8 inches 37.1 inches
Legroom, Front 45.5 inches 42.2 inches
Legroom, Rear 35.6 inches 38.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.1 inches 55.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.4 inches 55.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 104.8  cu. ft. 99.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 15.9 cu ft.  14.7 cu. ft.
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