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2016 Kia Optima vs. 2017 Mazda Mazda3 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Kia Optima offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Mazda Mazda3 with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3.

Convenience
With the Kia Optima you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Mazda Mazda3, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Kia Optima is somewhat more expensive than the Mazda Mazda3. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Optima and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Optima is much wider than the Mazda Mazda3, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Kia Optima, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mazda Mazda3.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Kia Optima transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Mazda Mazda3.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Optima is somewhat more powerful than the Mazda Mazda3.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Optima and the Mazda Mazda3. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Kia Optima will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Mazda Mazda3.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Optima than that of the Mazda Mazda3.

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2016 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $22,140 - $36,040

2017 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*: $17,845 - $23,145
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City MPG: 22 - 28 25 - 27
Highway MPG: 32 - 39 34 - 37
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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***** Not Tested
Invoice*: $21,396 - $33,435 $17,080 - $22,144

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.