2016 Mazda3 5-door vs. 2016 Kia Rio 5-door

2016 Mazda3 5 door

2016 Mazda3 5-door

2016 Kia Rio

2016 Kia Rio

The 2016 Kia Rio 5-door and the 2016 Mazda3 5-door are both attractive small cars available here in the Tampa and Sarasota area. These two little hatchbacks both deliver efficiency, versatility, and the latest technology, but to help those who may still be on the fence, we’ve compared them here. Read on for details, then stop by Cox Mazda to see the winner for yourself.

Powertrain and Performance

The 2016 Mazda3 5-door and the Kia Rio are both competitive small cars that certainly put efficiency first, but the Mazda3 offers more horsepower and more fuel economy based on EPA estimates:

  • The 2016 Mazda3 5-door comes standard with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes 155 hp and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. It earns a remarkable fuel economy estimate of up to 30 mpg/city 40 mpg/highway with six-speed automatic transmission. This car is also offered with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that cranks out 184 hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque for spirited performance. This engine still rates at up to 28 mpg/city and 39 mpg/highway based on EPA estimates.
  • The Kia Rio comes equipped with a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that’s capable of up to 138 hp and 123 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine rates at up to 27 mpg/city 37 mpg/highway with its automatic transmission. The Rio does not offer any engine upgrade options.

Seating and Cargo

The 2016 Mazda3 5-door offers considerably more cabin space than the Kia Rio. It provides 55.5 inches of leg room up front, and 53.5 inches of leg room in the second row, while the Kia Rio offers only 43.8 inches of front leg room, and 31.1 inches of rear leg room. Overall, the Kia Rio only offers 88.4 cubic feet of cabin space, while the 2016 Mazda3 5-door offers up to 96.4 cubic feet of cabin space.

When it comes to cargo, the story is the same. The Kia Rio has up to 13.7 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seats, while the Mazda3 offers 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats.

Safety and Security

The 2016 Mazda3 5-door is also ahead of the Kia Rio when it comes to safety and security. Take a look at its governmental crash test scores:

  • NHTSA: In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing, the 2016 Mazda3 5-door earned the best possible 5-star score, while the Kia Rio received only a 4-star overall rating.
  • IIHS: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the the 2016 Mazda3 5-door the best possible Top Safety Pick + rating, while the Kia Rio received no awards and earned only a Marginal rating in the Small Overlap Front test and an Acceptable rating in the Roof Strength Test.

The Kia is also not available with sophisticated safety features like forward collision prevention systems, which are offered as options on the 2016 Mazda3 5-door.

See the 2016 Mazda3 5-door Near Sarasota and Tampa Today

To witness the 2016 Mazda3 5-door firsthand, Sarasota and Tampa drivers can visit Cox Mazda at 3101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton today. Be sure to contact us online or by phone at (941) 749-2790 for help with any questions.