2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Kia Forte

Gray 2019 Mazda3 Sedan on a City Street vs Red 2019 Kia Forte on a Parking Structure

A complete redesign has made the world-class 2019 Mazda3 more attractive, more athletic and more luxurious than ever at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown. Learn more about the updates and changes that have made the Mazda3 a fan favorite in the compact car segment with this in-depth 2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Kia Forte comparison.

Drivers who choose the 2019 Mazda3 will have a choice between sedan and hatchback body styles that will add four trim packages – Base, Select, Preferred and Premium – that will cater to your automotive needs. All Mazda3 entries make room for five passengers with 92.7 cubic feet of passenger space that is backed by 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space in sedan variants and 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space in hatchback entries.

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2019 Mazda3 VS 2019 Kia Forte
$21,000 Base Price $17,790
186-Horsepower 2.5-Liter SKYACTIV®-G 4-Cylinder Base Engine 147-Horsepower 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder
13.2 - 20.1 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 15.3 Cubic Feet
Yes Available AWD No

What Are the Differences Between the Mazda3 and Kia Forte?

Price will always be a factor when you buy a brand-new car and with a price tag that starts at $21,000, next-level performance specs, a dynamic design and an impressive list of standard features, the Mazda3 will deliver value at every turn in this 2019 Mazda3 vs 2019 Kia Forte comparison. Entry-level Mazda3 Sedan Base models will feature LED lighting systems, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, a 7-inch Multi-Information Display and an 8.8-inch MAZDA CONNECT™ touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth.

Are you still looking for more from the Mazda3? You will not be disappointed. Available upgrades to the Mazda3 spec sheet will include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, synthetic leather upholstery, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE® safety systems. Mazda3 Preferred and Premium trim levels will add even more luxury and technology with a 12-speaker Bose® sound system, adaptive LED headlights, a full-color Active Driving Display, premium leather upholstery and much more.

Power and performance are hallmarks of the 2019 Mazda3 that will set it apart from the Kia Forte in this debate. Armed with a 186-horsepower SKYACTIV®-G four-cylinder engine married to a standard six-speed SKYACTIV®-Drive automatic transmission, the Mazda3 will achieve 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. A six-speed SKYACTIV®-MT manual gearbox is available for the Mazda3 Hatchback Premium. Select Mazda3 trim levels will add Mazda i-ACTIV AWD® that promises to upgrade behind-the-wheel thrills. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Mazda3 will earn 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Kia Forte entries counter with a lackluster 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a six-speed manual or CVT transmission.


Overhead View of Gray 2019 Mazda3 Sedan and Red 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback
Gray 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback Rear Exterior
Gray 2019 Mazda3 Rear Exterior on a City Street
2019 Mazda3 Steering Wheel, Dashboard and MAZDA CONNECT Display



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