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2021 Kia Forte vs. 2020 Mazda Mazda3 Review

New 2021 Kia Forte

2021 Kia
Forte

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New 2020 Mazda Mazda3

2020 Mazda
Mazda3

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MSRP*
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$17,890 to $23,290
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$21,500 to $27,900
Invoice* $17,263 to $22,241 $20,565 to $26,679
MPG - City 25 - 31 25 - 27
MPG - Hwy 32 - 41 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 Forte offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Mazda Mazda3. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Kia Forte and the Mazda Mazda3 in the front seats.

Convenience
The Kia Forte will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Mazda Mazda3, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Kia Forte will have less of an impact on your bank account 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 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
The Kia Forte has much less torque than the Mazda Mazda3, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Forte is significantly less powerful than the Mazda Mazda3. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

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.