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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $15,100 $15,400
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $16,080 $16,400
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,950 $17,800
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,380 $19,300
5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,430 $18,300
5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,860 $19,800
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,570 $17,400
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,520 $18,400
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,900 $18,800
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,860 $19,800
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 27 39 $21,805 $22,800
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 28 40 $19,466 $20,350
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 28 40 $18,388 $19,225
4-Door Sedan Automatic i SV 24 33 $17,053 $17,550
5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 27 38 $22,283 $23,300
5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,945 $20,850
4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $16,229 $16,700
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 27 39 $17,578 $18,375
4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 27 39 $18,653 $19,500
4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $22,619 $23,650
4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $23,287 $24,350
4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $24,052 $25,150
5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $19,130 $20,000
5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $23,096 $24,150
5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $23,766 $24,850
5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $24,531 $25,650
5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $23,143 $24,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,100
$16,229
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,400
$16,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$257 / month
$278 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line It's a family affair: the Kia Forte lineup is more comfortable, more eager, and better finished than ever, and a step up from what its sticker price might suggest. The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
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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
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.700 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.800 94.1
Second Head Room (in) 37.600 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.700 54.0
Front Leg Room (in) 43.300 42.0
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.000 53.7
Second Leg Room (in) 35.000 36.2
Front Head Room (in) 40.000 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) 53.300 52.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.900 4.7
Length, Overall (in) 178.300 180.9
Height, Overall (in) 57.500 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.600 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 104.300 103.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.900 69.1
Track Width, Front (in) 61.300 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.700 11.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x - TBD - 10.43 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 - 10.94 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.700 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.200 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.900 34.2
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.890 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 35.8
Tires
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - 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
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 2866
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
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 - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.400 7.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 100
Engine
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 156 @ 6200 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 144 @ 4300 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29 28
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.250 1.310
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.770 0.755
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.580 3.166
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.960 1.842
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.330 4.105
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.970 0.970
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.630 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.300 3.307
Summary
Vehicle Name Kia Forte Mazda Mazda3
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - N/A
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 - N/A
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.4 6.5
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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