2016 Mazda6 vs. the 2016 Kia Optima

2016 Mazda6

2016 Mazda6

2016 Kia Optima

2016 Kia Optima

Sleek design, bold lines, and supple curves merge in the new 2016 Mazda6, but this new vehicle also offers Nanaimo, Duncan, and Victoria drivers a phenomenally powerful engine, impressive fuel efficiency, ample interior space for passengers and cargo, and a broad spectrum of some of the single most exciting technology and safety devices and systems that are presently on the market. Whether you rely on your car for the daily commute, weekend getaways, or the long drive to visit the parents, the 2016 Mazda6 has got you covered. But for all you doubters, just compare the 2016 Mazda6 to one of its close competitor vehicles, the 2016 Kia Optima, to see just how superior this new vehicle is.

 

Power Play

Power Play

The first thing you’ve got to realize about the new 2016 Mazda6 is that this is one powerful car:

  • The 2016 Mazda6 – The Mazda6 comes equipped with one massively forceful and stunningly agile 2.5L, 4-cylinder engine that can generate 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. But here’s the other thing: the new Mazda 6 is also outfitted with SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY as well as a optional i-ELOOP system which is able to channel the energy the Mazda6 produces back into its drivetrain through a regenerative braking device. What all this means is that the Mazda6 promises strikingly high fuel efficiency levels: you’re going to get between 6.1L/km and 5.9 L/km on the highway.
  • The 2016 Kia Optima – Yes, the Kia Optima gives drivers the choice of three engines—a 2.4L engine, a 1.6L Turbocharged engine, and a 2.0L Turbocharged engine—but only one of these engines can produce much higher horsepower, and it’s attached to higher-level trims, anyway. But more importantly, the Optima fails to compare to the Mazda6 when it comes to efficiency: its engines get either 6.5 L/km, 7.4 L/km, or 6.1 L/km on the highway—nothing comparable to the Mazda6 5.9 L/km.

A Sporty Style

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But that’s only the beginning. The 2016 Mazda6 also gives you one of the most striking designs around:

  • The 2016 Mazda6 – First of all, the Mazda6 gives you ample freedom in determining how you’d like its exterior to be painted. For example, you could opt for Soul Red Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl, Deep Crystal Blue, or a range of other colors. Second, you can equip the Mazda6 with LED lights, as well as an optional active grille shutter, which can automatically deploy to preserve fuel efficiency. Third, this vehicle also comes with available heated front seats—just one more perk to make an already lavishly-appointed interior even more luxurious.
  • The 2016 Kia Optima – Let’s face it: Kia is not known for offering beautiful vehicles. Sure, it might give you comfortable seating, a redesigned cabin, and some control over how you want the exterior to look, but nothing is going to shake this brand’s reputation as the IKEA of the car world.

Lightning-Fact Connectivity

Lightning-Fact Connectivity

Now things get exciting, because the 2016 Mazda6 is way ahead of the pack in terms of its technological offerings:

  • The 2016 Mazda6 – Take the Mazda6’s MAZDA CONNECT™ system, which allows passengers and driver to plug their phone directly into their vehicle, giving them access to a full array of their own apps, music, maps, and even messaging services. Or take the Mazda6’s 11-speaker Bose Surround Sound Audio System, which keeps the music playing—loud—during your entire journey. Or take the Mazda6’s Bluetooth capability—standard in every trim level—which lets you keep connected to the digital world without ever taking your hands off the wheel. Or…the list goes on.
  • The 2016 Kia Optima – The Kia gives you Bluetooth Wireless Technology with Hands-Free Connectivity, Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, and a UVO eServices Navigation System to help you stay connected, but it only offers a 630-watt 10-speaker Harman/Kardon QuantumLogic Premium Surround Sound rather than the Mazda6’s 11-speaker Bose system.

Advanced Safety Systems

Advanced Safety Systems

Finally, the 2016 Mazda6 also gives drivers a broad collection of some of the industry’s leading safety devices to keep passengers and driver safe at all times:

  • The 2016 Mazda6 – The Mazda6 presents you with a Blind Spot Monitor to spot invisible cars; a Rear Cross-Traffic Alert service to indicate threats behind you; a Backup Camera to aid in parallel parking; Lane Departure Warning to let you know when you’re drifting on the highway; and an i-ACTIVSENSE® package with a range of other systems and programs.
  • The 2016 Kia Optima – The Kia also provides Blind-Spot Detection, Rear Parking Assist, and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, but only more expensive trims include systems like Advanced Smart Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning.

Test Drive the Mazda6 at Harris Mazda

But there’s no need to take our word for it: simply stop by our Harris Mazda dealership, located at 2525 Bowen Road in Nanaimo, in order to check out this exciting new vehicle, or feel free to give us a call at 250-758-9125. We look forward to showing off all that the awesome new Mazda6 has to offer!