2016 Mazda3 vs 2016 Kia Forte

For a long time, compact cars were known more for their affordable price tag than their thrills and styling. The 2016 Mazda3 is proof those days are over if drivers in Bradenton and Tampa want them to be, thanks to its powerful and fuel-efficient engine, head-turning style, and sophisticated cabin. The 2016 Kia Forte is attempting to stay in competition with Mazda’s compact car, but when one takes a closer look it becomes apparent the 2016 Mazda3 is the superior vehicle.

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Buyers who want more standard power should opt for the 2016 Mazda3. The base engine on the 2016 Mazda3 is a competitive 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes a composed 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the Mazda3 has finely tuned suspension and steering systems that make it compliant and responsive to driver demands.

The Kia Forte’s base engine is a 1.8L four-cylinder engine that only makes 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. While the Kia Forte will get you where you want to go, it may not provide the same kind of excitement around tight corners.

Fuel Economy

The 2016 Mazda3 is proof that confident performance and strong fuel economy can live comfortably side by side. Thanks to the advanced design and engineering that has gone into Mazda’s SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, the Mazda3 is able to achieve up to an EPA-estimated 41 mpg highway and 29 mpg city with the base engine

The 2016 Kia Forte’s base engine only gets an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway and 25 mpg city, respectable numbers in their own right but noticeably inferior to the Mazda3.

Advanced Safety Features

It’s important to feel safe on the road, which is another area where the Mazda3 excels. Every trim level of the 2016 Mazda3 comes standard with a rearview camera and anti-theft system. In addition, buyers can also opt for available driver assist features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerts.

Unlike the Mazda3, a rearview camera is only available if you’re willing to pay more for a package upgrade. Additionally, not a single version of the Kia Forte is offered with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alerts, or a vehicle anti-theft system.

Find Plenty of Thrills in the 2016 Mazda3

Available in both sedan and hatchback formats, the 2016 Mazda3 is now on sale at Cox Mazda, your Tampa area Mazda dealer at 3101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton, FL. Find out if it’s the right model for you by contacting us to set up a test drive during our sales hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.