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2009 Kia Optima 2009 Hyundai Sonata 2009 Mazda Mazda6
     
4dr Sdn I4 Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto EX
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto SX
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto EX
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto SX
4dr Sdn I4 Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto GLS PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Man SE *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto SE PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto Limited
  • 4dr Sdn I4 Auto Limited PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn V6 Auto Limited
4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring

Prices

MSRP $17,495 $18,700 $18,550
Invoice $16,510 $17,922 $17,601
Avg. Paid $8,013 $8,575 $9,519

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 8.0 8.0
Critics' Rating 8.5 8.8 9.1
Performance 8.2 7.6 8.9
Interior 7.8 8.4 8.2
Operating Cost 8.0 8.0 7.7
Safety 9.1 9.1 9.8
Reliability 3.0 3.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good fuel economy
  • Large cabin and trunk
  • Strong safety ratings
  • Good fuel economy
  • High safety scores
  • Large, premium interior
  • Excellent handling
  • Cavernous cabin and trunk
  • Stand-out styling
Cons
  • Weak engines and unrefined manual transmission
  • Unsophisticated interior materials
  • Bland styling
  • Unrefined five-speed automatic
  • Some complaints of a soft suspension
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Slightly underpowered base engine
  • Some reviewers complained of cheap interior materials
  • Poor reliability rating

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas I4 2.4L/144 Gas I4 2.5L/152
MPG 22 City / 32 Hwy 21 City / 32 Hwy 20 City / 29 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4dr Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 107.1 107.4 109.8
Length, Overall (in) 189.0 188.9 193.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.1 72.1 72.4
Height, Overall (in) 58.3 58.0 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3157 3292 3258

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 104.2 105.4 101.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 40.1 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 43.7 43.7 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 57.4 57.3
Front Hip Room (in) 54.5 55.5 55.1
Second Head Room (in) 38.0 38.2 37.3
Second Leg Room (in) 37.8 37.4 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 56.9 56.5
Second Hip Room (in) 54.7 55.3 55.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 15.0 16.3 16.6

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.4L/144 2.4L/144 2.5L/152
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 175 @ 6000 175 @ 6000 170 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 169 @ 4000 168 @ 4000 167 @ 4000
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.5 35.8 35.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 (Est) 21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 (Est) 32 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.4 17.7 15.9

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent Independent Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent Independent E-Type
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut Double-wishbone Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard