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2015 Kia Rio vs. 2014 Mazda Mazda3 Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Mazda Mazda3 than the Kia Rio, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Kia Rio will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Mazda Mazda3.

Convenience
With the Mazda Mazda3 you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Kia Rio, due to its tank size and 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). Based on MSRP, the Kia Rio 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 Rio and the Mazda Mazda3 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Mazda Mazda3, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Kia Rio is slightly shorter than the Mazda Mazda3, which may make it easier to park.

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

Handling
The Kia Rio has a smaller turning radius than the Mazda Mazda3, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

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

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2015 Kia
Rio

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MSRP*: $13,900 - $18,040

2014 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*: $16,945 - $25,995
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City MPG: 27 28 - 29
Highway MPG: 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*: $13,645 - $17,120 $16,474 - $24,869

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