2016 Mazda6 Sedan vs. 2017 Kia Forte

2016 MAZDA6 Touring

2016 Mazda6 Sedan

2017 Kia Forte Red

2017 Kia Forte

The 2016 Mazda6 sedan is a favorite among our staff at Cox Mazda and with our Tampa and Sarasota drivers, bringing a mix upscale elegance and sporty style with a price that makes it easy to afford. We know it’s not your only sedan option, though, and it’s important for you to know how the competition compares to a vehicle like the 2016 Mazda6 before making that investment.

The 2017 Kia Forte might look like a competitor to the 2016 Mazda6 at first glance, but after we put it side-by-side with our sedan, we found it lacking in some pretty significant areas. Read on to see for yourself if the Forte has the strength it takes to stand up to the 2016 Mazda6.

Performance Specs

The engine specs of a car should matter to every driver, whether you prefer plenty of power in your sedan or simply like merging and passing without putting your foot to the floor. Even though the Forte has multiple engine options available, these fall behind the 2016 Mazda6:

  • Kia Forte Standard Engine: The simple 2.0L four-cylinder of the Forte brings 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft. of torque, falling behind the average small car.
  • Kia Forte EX Engine: This more powerful 2.0L four-cylinder offers a boost over the standard powertrain with 164 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque, but it still comes up short against the Mazda.
  • 2016 Mazda6 Engine: A SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT is under the hood of each 2016 Mazda6, delivering 184 hp and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.

Mazda’s SKYACTIV®-G engine delivers plenty of power whether you love the roar of your engine on the highway or need to make up for lost time taking the kids to school.

Fuel Economy

A well-engineered modern car should be both powerful and fuel-efficient. You’ve already seen Kia’s engines fall behind on power; here’s where they stand on fuel economy:

  • Standard Kia Forte Engine: This 2.0L four-cylinder manages 38 mpg/highway with an automatic transmission, but the standard manual is only 34 mpg/highway.
  • Upgraded Kia Engine: The upgraded 2.0L engine of the Forte may give it a power boost, but the fuel economy drops like a rock to just 33 mpg/highway.
  • 2016 Mazda6 SKYACTIV®-G Engine: When paired with the SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed Sport automatic transmission, the Mazda6 earns an EPA-estimated 38 mpg/highway – rising to 40 mpg/highway with the available i-ElOOP system.

Standard Features

Both the 2016 Mazda6 sedan and 2017 Kia Forte offer three trim levels, but they aren’t created equal. Here are just a few key differences between the models:

  • Audio: The standard Mazda stereo system features six speakers to the Kia’s four speakers, delivering a richer driving soundtrack.
  • Wheels: The 2016 Mazda6 rides high on 17-inch alloy wheels while the Kia trails behind with 15-inch steel rims.
  • Driver Display: The 2016 Mazda6 includes a multi-information display with relevant vehicle stats in the dash while the Kia simply has a trip computer.

When equipped with their automatic transmissions, both cars receive a few extra features on their base trims. While the Forte adds on amenities like cruise control (already standard on the Mazda), the 2016 Mazda6 receives a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and voice-controlled technology.

Test Drive a 2016 Mazda6 Sedan Near Tampa and Sarasota at Cox Mazda

The best way to see all the 2016 Mazda6 sedan has to offer – and all that sets it above the 2017 Kia Forte – is to get behind the wheel. Sarasota and Tampa drivers can contact Cox Mazda online or by phone at (888) 260-1691 to setup a test drive. You’ll find us open seven days a week in Bradenton at 3101 Cortez Road West.