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2018 Mazda6 vs. 2018 Kia Optima

The current version of the Mazda6 available at the Gorman McCracken Mazda showroom fits into a couple of important categories. First, it is the automaker’s flagship sedan, essentially serving as the face of the company. Additionally, it also serves as the manufacturer’s sportiest option with best handling profile Mazda has to offer. There are quite a few sedan options on the market today and shoppers always need a little help with head-to-head research. A comparison of the 2018 Mazda6 vs. 2018 Kia Optima reveals just why people looking for a new sedan would do well to check out the options available at Gorman McCracken Mazda. For the current model year, the 2018 Mazda6 comes with its standard complement of standard and available accessory in addition to its strong performance and efficiency scores.

Among the most exciting headlines regarding the 2018 Mazda6 was actually released fairly late in the game. Starting in September 2018, owners of the 2018 Mazda6 Touring trim and above will be able to come to Gorman McCracken Mazda Service Department and have their infotainment system upgraded to be compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Mazda will ship the Mazda6 with this software already installed later in the sedan’s production schedule. It’s worth pointing out that the 2018 Kia Optima also offers similar system. However, Mazda is taking the opportunity to upgrade the equipment in the Mazda6. In addition to the popular suites of smartphone applications, the 2018 Mazda6 will also offer a more powerful 2.1-amp USB port that is perfect for quickly charging compatible devices while on the road.


2018 Mazda6


2018 Kia Optima

2.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.4-L, 4-Cyl.
187/186 Horsepower/Torque 185/178
Six-speed Automatic Transmission Six-speed Automatic
Yes Smartphone Integration Yes


Performance Specs

All of the available trims of the 2018 Mazda6 for sale or lease in the Gorman McCracken Mazda showroom use the same basic engine platform. The base SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine is attached to the SKYACTIV®-MT six-speed manual transmission and will produce 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. This edges out the corresponding base 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine used by the 2018 Kia Optima. However, those interested in the 2018 Mazda6 who are looking for a level of performance that will blow the 2018 Optima out of the water can choose the Grand Touring which adds a turbocharger to its engine and pushes power output to 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.



An interior photo showing the driver's cockpit and controls in the 2018 Mazda6.
A photo of the left side of the 2018 Mazda6 parked on the side of the street.
Another photo of the 2018 Mazda6 parked on the side of the street.
An interior photo showing one of the available interior upholstery options in the 2018 Mazda6.