2016 Mazda3 5-door vs 2016 Kia Forte 5-door

Mazda3 5-door

2016 Mazda3 5-door

Kia Forte

2016 Kia Forte 5-door

We’re proud to see the number of 2016 Mazda3 5-door models on the streets of Tampa and Sarasota, and we think it says we’re right in believing this sporty hatchback has something for everyone. While this hatchback is popular here at Cox Mazda, we understand that you might be thinking about a competitor or two, and we want to give you an idea of how Mazda’s stands up to competition.

We put the Mazda up against the 2016 Kia Forte 5-door and looked at the features, engine specs, and fuel economy to give you an idea of which one of these cars deserves a spot on your key-ring.

Modern Features

Drivers have certain expectations on their cars these days, and while automakers like Mazda are providing some of the latest in standard amenities, many others are requiring significant upgrades for them.

You’ll find each of the following amenities on the base-level trim, but they require an upgrade or are unavailable on the Rio:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • 7-inch touchscreen display system
  • Six-speaker stereo system
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Sunroof

Those are just some of the features that the Mazda has over the Kia when comparing their base trims; the one similarity they seem to have is standard Bluetooth for phone and audio.

Engine Specs

The 2016 Mazda3 5-door is more than just a versatile hatchback with some of the latest tech; Sarasota and Tampa drivers will find it has a peppy and efficient engine under the hood.

  • The standard engine is a SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT capable of 155 hp and 150 lb.-ft. of torque paired to your choice of a SKYACTIV®-MT 6-speed overdrive transmission or SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed.
  • Mazda has the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT available as well, rated at 184 hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • The 2016 Kia Forte 5-door has a 145-hp 1.8L four-cylinder engine with 130 lb.-ft. of torque as standard, and it comes with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
  • The Kia’s available 2.0L four-cylinder kicks out 173 hp and 154 lb.-ft. of torque, paired solely with the six-speed automatic.

Whether driving the standard or upgraded engine, Mazda has the edge on power, and would you believe they also have an advantage on fuel economy as well?

Fuel Economy

Mazda engineering has made it so that you don’t have to compromise on power to have a fuel-efficient car; take a look at the fuel economy numbers of the 2016 Mazda3 5-door’s available engines:

  • The SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT earns up to an EPA-estimated 40 mpg/highway and 30 mpg/city with the SKYACTIV®*-Drive 6-speed automatic.
  • The SKYACTIV®-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT and i-Eloop technology is rated at 39 mpg/highway and 28 mpg/city with the SKYACTIV®*-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission.

Here’s what Kia has to offer:

  • The base Forte LX’s 1.8L four-cylinder earns up to 39 mpg/highway and 26 mpg/city.
  • .The 2.0L four-cylinder drops down a bit further to 35 mpg/highway and 24 mpg/city.

Test Drive a 2016 Mazda3 5-door at Your Leading Tampa and Sarasota Dealership

The 2016 Mazda3 5-door is available now to Tampa and Sarasota drivers, and we want to show you all it has to offer. Visit Cox Mazda today at 3101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton for a test drive; contact us online or by phone at (941) 749-2790 to schedule your time behind the wheel.