Compare 2013 Kia Forte vs 2013 Mazda MAZDA3

2013 Kia Forte
2013 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 $16,950 $17,800
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $16,080 $16,400
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,380 $19,300
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $15,100 $15,400
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,430 $18,300
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,860 $19,800
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,520 $18,400
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,860 $19,800
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,570 $17,400
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,900 $18,800
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $22,619 $23,650
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i SV 24 33 $17,053 $17,550
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 28 40 $18,388 $19,225
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 28 40 $19,466 $20,350
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $24,052 $25,150
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 27 39 $21,805 $22,800
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $16,229 $16,700
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 27 39 $17,578 $18,375
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 27 39 $18,653 $19,500
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $23,287 $24,350
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $23,096 $24,150
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,945 $20,850
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $24,531 $25,650
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $23,143 $24,200
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 27 38 $22,283 $23,300
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $19,130 $20,000
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $23,766 $24,850
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,950
$22,619
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,800
$23,650
Monthly Payment Estimate
$297 / month
$394 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.2
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
City
26 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 40 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.700 54.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.800 94.1
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
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
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 P205/50VR17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T125/70D16
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/50VR17
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)
2791 2950
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.300 8.7
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 155 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300 148 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 40
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.800 1.452
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 0.708
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.380 3.893
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.630 2.022
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.880 3.591
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.380 1.000
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.770 0.599
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.210 3.552
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Mazda Mazda3
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
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 - 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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - N/A
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 5.5
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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