Compare 2013 Kia Forte vs 2013 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2013 Toyota Matrix

2013 Kia Forte
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2013 Mazda MAZDA3
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2013 Toyota Matrix
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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
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5-Door Wgn Automatic L FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic L FWD 25 32 $19,008 $20,115
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic S AWD 20 26 $20,733 $22,415
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Automatic S FWD 21 29 $19,846 $21,455
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Manual L FWD 26 32 $18,216 $19,275
Matrix 5-Door Wgn Manual S FWD 21 28 $18,745 $20,265
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,950
$22,619
$19,008
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,800
$23,650
$20,115
Monthly Payment Estimate
$297 / month
$394 / month
$335 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.2
7.4
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. With the frugality of a Corolla and hatchback versatility, the 2013 Toyota Matrix delivers on practicality but falls short if you expect a hot hatch.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 28 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 40 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Small Station Wagon
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.700 54.0 52.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.300 42.0 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.000 53.7 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.000 36.2 36.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.000 38.9 40.5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.300 52.2 43.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.700 54.9 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.800 94.1 94.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.600 37.5 39.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.600 59.8 59.9
Wheelbase (in)
104.300 103.9 102.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.900 69.1 69.5
Track Width, Front (in)
61.300 60.4 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.900 4.7 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
178.300 180.9 171.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.500 57.9 61.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.700 11.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 19.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 49.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.43 x - TBD - 10.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.94 x - TBD - 10.7 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.700 14.5 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.890 2.94 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 35.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.200 16.2 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.900 34.2 36.0
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/50VR17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P205/50VR17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T125/70D16 Compact
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 225
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD - 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2791 2950 2888
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 17 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 17 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.300 8.7 5.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 100 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300 148 @ 4100 128 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200 155 @ 6000 132 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 28 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 33 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 40 32
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.380 3.893 2.34
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.630 2.022 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.880 3.591 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.380 1.000 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.770 0.599 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.210 3.552 2.85
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.800 1.452 1.00
Trans Type
6 6 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 0.708 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan 5 Door Wagon
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Mazda Mazda3 Toyota Matrix
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Multi-link Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 5.5 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 - -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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