2020 Mazda3 vs 2020 Kia Forte 

2020 Mazda3 vs 2020 Kia Forte

In a segment that often sacrifices excitement in the name of low pricing, the Mazda3 and Kia Forte are two budget-friendly models that promise to break free from the typical mundane compact-car experience. We know you want the best of the best, so we’ve decided to pit this pair of well-equipped models against each other in this comparison of the 2020 Mazda3 vs the 2020 Kia Forte. 

The 2020 Mazda3 and the 2020 Kia Forte lay it down heavy in active safety with an impressive suite of intelligent systems. In fact, both lineups feature standard crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, driver alert monitors and rearview cameras on all models. The Forte keeps pace nicely, but the Mazda3 takes it further, tacking on LED headlights, High Beam Control and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go onto the standard package as well. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the table below for a look into how these models compare in standard features when we stack the base-level 2020 Kia Forte against the 2020 Mazda3 Base. 

2020 Mazda3 Sedan Base 


2020 Kia Forte FE 

SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L 4-cylinder (186 hp)  Base Engine  2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder (147 hp) 
8.8” touchscreen, 7” meter display  Driver Displays  8” touchscreen, 3.5” meter display 
8-speaker sound system  Audio System  4-speaker sound system 
Standard  Radar Cruise Control  Available 

Main Differences Between the 2020 Mazda3 and 2020 Kia Forte 

The Mazda3 lineup takes a win for its user-friendly displays with its standard 8.8-inch MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system and 7-inch LCD meter display. The Forte’s command center comes short in comparison with a smaller, 8-inch touchscreen and 3.5-inch LCD meter display. 

Audiophiles have more reason to drive the Mazda route. On the 2020 Kia Forte, drivers choose between the standard 4-speaker audio system, an available 6-speaker system or the 8-speaker Harman Kardon® system. The 2020 Mazda3 starts with a standard 8-speaker audio system with Mazda Harmonic Acoustics and moves on to a 12-speaker Bose® premium audio system later in the lineup. 

Crafted to engage, the Mazda3 line consistently offers more equipment across the lineup than even the most vicious rivals. Memphis-area drivers interested in experiencing the 2020 Mazda3 firsthand can find a diverse selection of the newest Mazda models at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown. Reach out to a dealership representative for more information on model details and inventory! 

2020 Mazda3 vs 2020 Kia Forte 

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