2020 Kia Optima vs. 2020 Mazda Mazda3: Compare reviews, safety ratings, fuel economy, etc.

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2020 Kia Optima vs. 2020 Mazda Mazda3 Review

New 2020 Kia Optima

2020 Kia
Optima

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New 2020 Mazda Mazda3

2020 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*
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$23,390 to $32,190
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$21,500 to $27,900
Invoice* $22,572 to $30,903 $20,565 to $26,679
MPG - City 21 - 27 25 - 27
MPG - Hwy 30 - 37 33 - 36
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** *****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Kia Optima offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Mazda Mazda3. 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. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Kia Optima, which is slightly longer than 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
The Kia Optima has less horsepower than the Mazda Mazda3, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

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. The Kia Optima has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items 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.