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2015 Kia Optima Hybrid vs. 2016 Mazda Mazda3 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Kia Optima Hybrid than in the Mazda Mazda3, due to the Kia Optima Hybrid's smaller rear head- and legroom. The Kia Optima Hybrid will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3.

Convenience
With the Kia Optima Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Optima Hybrid is a little wider than the Mazda Mazda3, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. If you go with the Kia Optima Hybrid, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Mazda Mazda3.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Mazda Mazda3 do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Handling
The Kia Optima Hybrid has a larger turning radius than the Mazda Mazda3, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Mazda Mazda3.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Optima Hybrid and the Mazda Mazda3. The Kia Optima Hybrid has less cargo capacity than the Mazda Mazda3, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

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

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2015 Kia
Optima Hybrid

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MSRP*: $25,990 - $32,150

2016 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*: $17,845 - $24,795
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% --
Lease Incentive: As low as 7.44% As low as 2.90%
City MPG: 35 - 36
Top 10 Fuel Efficient
25 - 29
Highway MPG: 39 - 40 37 - 41
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $24,346 - $29,815 $17,081 - $23,723

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