2020 Kia Optima vs 2020 Mazda6

White 2020 Kia Optima vs grey 2020 Mazda6

If you're looking for a quality sedan to drive through the streets of Fort Worth, Hurst or Alliance, you've got a lot of options to choose from. Crossovers might be the growing trend in the automotive market, but they can’t equal the smooth driving dynamics and fuel efficiency of the timeless midsize sedan class. The market's transition away from cars has allowed automakers to make their sedans sportier and more luxurious than ever. But with choices so tightly grouped, it can be challenging to find the right one for your needs.

To ease your search, we have taken two of the best sedans available in the market and put them against each other. The 2020 Kia Optima and the 2020 Mazda6 are both great choices for your next sedan, but you deserve only the best. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between these two stylish models and find out which one offers the best value.

2020 Kia Optima


2020 Mazda6

$23,390 Starting MSRP $24,100
2.4-liter 4-cylinder (185 hp) Standard Engine (Horsepower) 2.5-liter 4-cylinder (187 hp)

2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (245 horsepower) / 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (178 hp)

Available Engines (Horsepower) 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (227 horsepower)
27 / 37 / 31 mpg (EX) Maximum Fuel Economy 26 / 35 / 29 mpg (Sport)
104.8 cu. ft. Total Passenger Space 99.7 cu. ft.
15.9 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 14.7 cu. ft.
Standard Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto™ integration Available

Which Midsize Sedan Offers the Best Value, the Kia Optima or the Mazda6?

Both Kia and Mazda make style and luxury something accessible to all drivers. That’s why their top sedans come with refined exterior designs and high-end features. From the table above, though, we can see that the similarities between the Kia Optima and the Mazda6 pretty much end there.

Both sedans offer similar horsepower at their base models, with the Mazda6 beating the Kia Optima by only two points. However, this last model features a more powerful upgraded engine option, together with a third powertrain specifically designed for maximum fuel efficiency. The Mazda6, on the other hand, only offers two engine options to choose from.

In terms of space and comfort, the Kia Optima has the advantage again. Passengers on the front seats can enjoy 39.8 inches of headroom and an incredible 45.5 inches of legroom. The Mazda6 only offers 38.4 inches of headroom and 42.2 inches of legroom. If you're more interested in trunk space, the Optima won’t disappoint you either. Behind the rear seats, you can store up to 15.9 cubic feet of cargo, while the Mazda6 can only hold 14.8 cubic feet.

Last but not least, the 2020 Optima goes a step further by giving drivers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration as a standard feature throughout the lineup. To find this convenience in the Mazda6 you need to upgrade to higher trim levels.

As you can see, both sedans are solid options in the market, but only the 2020 Kia Optima delivers such luxury-level features at a mass-market price. For more information on this model, contact us today by filling out the form below. We would love to hear from you!