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2015 Kia Forte vs. 2014 Mazda Mazda3 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Kia Forte offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Mazda Mazda3 with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3, the Kia Forte may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
The Mazda Mazda3 requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Kia Forte, making it more convenient to drive.

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). Based on MSRP, the Kia Forte is clearly a better financial choice over 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 Forte and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Kia Forte is about the same width as the Mazda Mazda3. When looking at overall length, the Kia Forte takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Mazda Mazda3.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Kia Forte doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Mazda Mazda3.

Handling
The Kia Forte has about the same turning radius as the Mazda Mazda3, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Kia Forte 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 Forte and the Mazda Mazda3. The Kia Forte 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 Forte than that of the Mazda Mazda3.

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2015 Kia
Forte

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MSRP*: $15,890 - $19,390

2014 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*: $16,945 - $25,995
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Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% --
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 25 28 - 29
Highway MPG: 36 - 37 39 - 41
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $15,587 - $18,432 $16,474 - $24,869

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