2015 Mazda3 5-Door vs. 2015 Kia Forte

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2015 Kia Forte

2015 Kia Forte

More Bradenton and Tampa drivers are choosing the 2015 Mazda3 5-Door for the convenience of a hatchback and the performance and efficiency of SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. Find out how the 2015 Mazda3 5-Door stacks up against the 2015 Kia Forte5. Once you’re ready for a test drive, make your way to Cox Mazda in Bradenton, just a short drive south of Tampa.



The 2015 Mazda3 5-Door sets the bar high when it comes to performance. The base engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder that puts out 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque; a more powerful 2.5L four-cylinder that generates 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque is also available.

The 2015 Kia Forte, however, has a smaller 1.8L four-cylinder base engine that produces a mere 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. Even its secondary option, a 2.0L four-cylinder that puts out 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque, hardly matches up to the 2015 Mazda3 5-Door.

Fuel Economy

Thanks to refined engineering, the 2015 Mazda3 5-Door provides premium power and improved fuel efficiency simultaneously. Its base engine has fuel ratings of as high as 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway while the 2.5L option reaches up to 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway when equipped with the i-ELOOP system.

Besides offering less power, the Kia’s engines are also less efficient. The base engine is rated at 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, while the 2.0L four-cylinder is rated at 28 mpg combined.


The 2015 Mazda3 5-door is accessibly priced, so not only will you save at the pump later on, but you’ll also leave Cox Mazda with a hefty chunk of change left in your budget. The entry-level 2015 Mazda3 5-Door starts at $18,945 MSRP, while the 2015 Kia Forte asks $19,690 to start off with worse performance and mpg.


Independent crash tests have shown the 2015 Mazda3 5-Door to be better equipped to withstand the most common types of roadway collisions. It received top scores across the board in crash tests conducted by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2015 Kia Forte, on the other hand, got a four-star rating out of a possible five for front-impact protection and a rating of “Marginal” in the important small-overlap frontal-impact offset test through the NHTSA.

The 2015 Mazda3 5-Door is Simply the Better Value

To review, the 2015 Mazda3 5-Door is more affordable, offers thrilling performance, and responsible fuel economy, and has higher safety ratings. To experience it for yourself, drive less than an hour south from Tampa and visit Cox Mazda at 3101 Cortez Rd. W. in Bradenton, FL. Don’t hesitate to call beforehand with any questions or concerns!