Mazda3 vs Kia Optima

If you’re looking for a new sedan to spice up your commutes around Doral, Miami, Hialeah, and Kendall, you’ll want to consider the Mazda3 and the Kia Optima. These cars offer a fun drive quality, plenty of special features, and comfortable, luxurious interiors, but how do you know which is best suited to your lifestyle?

This 2017 Mazda3 vs. 2017 Kia Optima comparison from the team at Ocean Mazda will help you better understand what each of the cars has to offer, making it easier for you to compare the two side by side and choose the one that’s best for your needs.


Both sedans seat five and come with a front-wheel drivetrain. Each has the exact same EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 28 city/37 highway miles per gallon. The Mazda3 comes standard with a fun-to-drive manual transmission for ultimate control and maneuverability, as well as the option to swap it for an automatic transmission, while the Optima offers only an automatic transmission. The Mazda3, in keeping with Mazda brand tradition, offers supremely sharp steering and agility for a smooth ride.


The 2017 Mazda3 is available in either a sedan or a hatchback body style, while the Kia Optima comes only as a simple sedan. The hatchback allows for larger, more versatile cargo space, since it more closely resembles the style of an SUV; the back seats can be folded flat to expand the cargo area.

In the Mazda3 hatchback, you’ll find 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use, and with the back seats folded forward, you’ll have a maximum of 47.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity. In comparison, the 2017 Kia Optima offers trunk space of 15.9 cubic feet.

Both sedans seat 5 on standard cloth upholstery, and the Mazda3 has a standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, which is rare for the class. Both cars offer the option to upgrade to leather upholstery and add heated front seats.


Both the Mazda3 and the Kia Optima come with a standard infotainment system with Bluetooth® connectivity, USB ports, and a 6-speaker sound system. Each also comes with a standard rearview camera for easy reversing and parking.

You can add plenty of additional features to either vehicle, including a navigation system so you’ll never get lost, a moonroof, and a suite of driver-assisting safety features. In addition, the 2017 Mazda3 also offers a head-up display that projects important information directly onto the windshield where the driver can see it, as well as the option for a Bose® 9-speaker sound system.


Our team at Ocean Mazda thinks that drivers in Doral, Miami, Hialeah, and Kendall will appreciate the 2017 Mazda3’s athletic handling, large cargo capacity, and modern tech features. If you’d like to get behind the wheel and experience the car for yourself, contact us today to schedule a test drive.

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