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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 25 34 $15,810 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $13,430 $13,695
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $16,760 $17,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 34 $14,410 $14,695
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $16,860 $17,695
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $17,810 $18,695
4-Door Sedan Manual EX 25 34 $15,230 $15,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 25 34 $16,190 $16,995
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 22 32 $16,660 $17,495
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 31 $17,610 $18,495
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 24 32 $13,022 $13,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 23 31 $13,861 $14,795
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring *Ltd Avail 24 32 $15,222 $16,255
4-Door Sedan Automatic * i Touring *Ltd Avail 23 31 $16,061 $17,155
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,322 $17,435
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,209 $18,385
4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
4-Door Sedan Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 22 29 $16,779 $17,925
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $17,666 $18,875
5-Door HB Manual s Touring 22 29 $17,246 $18,425
5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $18,132 $19,375
5-Door HB Manual s GT 22 29 $18,617 $19,895
5-Door HB Automatic s GT 22 29 $19,502 $20,845
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,898 $22,340
5-Door HB Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,497 $24,055
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring Value 24 32 $15,539 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring Value 23 31 $16,379 $17,495
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 22 29 $18,990 $20,295
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $19,875 $21,245
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 26 $20,991 $22,440
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 GT 18 26 $22,590 $24,155
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,430
$13,022
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,695
$13,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$228 / month
$232 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down. The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 36.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.1
Second Hip Room (in) 53.3 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.8 94.3
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 43.3 41.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 53.8
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.3 60.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.9 4.8
Length, Overall (in) 178.3 177.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.5 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 104.3 103.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.7 11.5
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x - TBD - 10.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.7 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.89 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 14.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.8 34.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size - TBD - T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2707 2780
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System - TBD - MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 144 @ 4300 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code - TBD - NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 156 @ 6200 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.19 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31 3.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.19 1.31
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.17
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.96 1.84
Trans Order Code - TBD - NA
Summary
Body Style 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Kia Forte Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam E-type Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.7 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - -
 
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