Compare 2011 Kia Forte vs 2011 Mazda MAZDA3

2011 Kia Forte
2011 Mazda MAZDA3
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,570 $17,395
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,680 $15,995
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,000 $18,895
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,700 $14,995
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic EX 26 36 $17,040 $17,895
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic SX 23 32 $18,470 $19,395
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual EX 25 34 $16,090 $16,895
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual SX 22 32 $17,520 $18,395
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,140 $17,995
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,470 $19,395
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,190 $16,995
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,520 $18,395
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,827 $23,310
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,052 $20,345
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,801 $15,800
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,079 $22,510
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Sport 20 28 $18,303 $19,545
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,294 $23,810
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Sport 22 29 $19,521 $20,845
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Sport 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,546 $23,010
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Sport 20 28 $18,771 $20,045
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,570
$16,443
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,395
$17,555
Monthly Payment Estimate
$290 / month
$293 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
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
City
26 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 52.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.8 94.1
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.3 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 180.7
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.7 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 - 10.4 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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.7 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.2 16.2
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
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/55HR16
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
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)
2791 2922
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 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
Steel Steel
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 Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300 135 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
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 EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 27
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.29
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.69
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.41
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.63 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.46
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.38 0.93
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.21 3.62
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Mazda Mazda3
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 5.4
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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