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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 24 33 $16,190 $16,995
5-Door HB Manual EX 25 34 $16,090 $16,895
5-Door HB Automatic EX 26 36 $17,040 $17,895
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,700 $14,995
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,140 $17,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,680 $15,995
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,520 $18,395
5-Door HB Manual SX 22 32 $17,520 $18,395
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,470 $19,395
5-Door HB Automatic SX 23 32 $18,470 $19,395
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,570 $17,395
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,000 $18,895
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 20 28 $18,303 $19,545
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,052 $20,345
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,079 $22,510
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,827 $23,310
5-Door HB Manual s Sport 20 28 $18,771 $20,045
5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,521 $20,845
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,546 $23,010
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,294 $23,810
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,700
$14,801
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,995
$15,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$250 / month
$263 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Kia Forte exemplifies the new direction of Kia, with a simple, elegant style, unexpected levels of refinement, and lots of value for the money. The 2011 Mazda3 provides more driving enjoyment than most other small-car models, along with a stylish, racy look; but with a tight, noisy cabin, it’s not without compromise.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 25 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 43.3 42.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 53.7
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) 53.3 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.8 94.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 57.5 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.6 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 104.3 103.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.3 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.9 4.7
Length, Overall (in) 178.3 180.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.7 11.8
Brakes
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
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 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.7 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.9 34.2
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 35.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.2 16.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact T115/70D15
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Trailering
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 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2729 2859
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.4 7.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 100
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 156 @ 6200 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 144 @ 4300 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 33
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.58 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.96 1.84
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.33 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.97 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.63 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.30 3.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.25 1.31
Trans Type 6 5
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Kia Forte Mazda Mazda3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.3 5.2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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