2018 Mazda6 vs 2018 Kia Optima

Red 2018 Mazda6 next to white 2018 Kia Optima in comparison image

City living like what is afforded to us in Memphis requires that we have high-tech, efficient and versatile sedans by our sides, equally at home both on the busy streets and the open freeways. That’s why it’s so common to see top models like the 2018 Mazda6 and 2018 Kia Optima so prevalent on the streets of our town. Both of these vehicles score highly in areas that Memphis residents care about the most, including luxury, performance and overall style. Our question is, which one best resonates with you?

To help you get inside a model that you’ll love for years to come, our Gwatney Mazda team has taken the liberty of putting some research together on the 2018 Mazda6 and Optima models to see how well they stack up in a head-to-head matchup. Join us today and find the right sedan for your needs!

2018 Mazda6


2018 Optima

$21,950 Starting MSRP $22,600
2.5-liter Inline 4 Engine Options 1.6-liter Inline 4 / 2.0-liter Inline 4 / 2.4-liter Inline 4 
187-227 horsepower / 186-310 pound-feet Maximum Horsepower / Torque Output 178-245 horsepower / 178-260 pound-feet
26 miles per gallon city / 35 highway Fuel Economy Ratings 28 miles per gallon city / 37 highway

Test drive the 2018 Mazda6 at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown

There’s much in store when you consider what the Mazda6 and Kia Optima bring to the table. You’ll be treated to competitive levels of horsepower, torque output (even though the Mazda6 model can produce much greater torque from its turbocharged engine) and fuel economy, meaning that in terms of essential specs, these two vehicles are a toss-up. However, when it comes to your ultimate comfort and enjoyment of ride, the 2018 Mazda6 holds a serious upper hand. Stepping inside, you’re welcomed by premium leather materials, an acoustically-engineered quiet cabin, and an 11-speaker Bose® Premium Audio System – these are features that the 2018 Optima simply can’t duplicate, greatly reinforcing the Mazda6 sedan’s claim to the top of the automotive industry.

If you have any further questions about the 2018 Mazda6 or would like to schedule a test drive, be sure to contact our Gwatney Mazda team at your earliest convenience. We’d love the opportunity to show you all that the Mazda6 can do, and help you work out a budget-friendly financing deal if you’re convinced that it’s the sedan for you!

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