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2017 Mazda3 vs 2017 Kia Forte

There is nothing easy about finding the perfect new vehicle for your driving needs, especially in the compact sedan segment where there are so many options to choose from. That’s why we’ve decided to help you out by comparing the 2017 Mazda3 vs 2017 Kia Forte, two models that will likely be near the top of your test drive list.

Let’s start by looking at the engine power. As you can see from the chart down below, the 2017 Mazda3 has a clear edge in this area. Not only does it provide significantly more horsepower and torque from its standard power plant, but it also has a far more powerful available engine as well. Drivers can get additional power from the Forte’s available engine, but it doesn’t come close to the additional engine option on the 2017 Mazda3.

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2017 Mazda3 VS 2017 Kia Forte
155 hp, 150 lb-ft of torque 155 hp, 150 lb-ft of torque Standard Engine Specs 147 hp, 132 lb-ft of torque
184 hp, 185 lb-ft of torque Available Engine Specs Up to 164 hp, 151 lb-ft of torque
Available on all trims Manual transmission Available on standard trim
Yes IIHS Top Safety Pick+ No

Differences Between the 2017 Mazda3 vs 2017 Kia Forte

Plus, for driving enthusiasts, the option of a manual transmission is a must. And, actually, the Forte does provide a manual transmission for those who want it, but only on the entry level model. The Mazda3, however, makes the manual transmission available to those who prefer it on each of its three trim levels.

Safety is another key concern in this comparison, and it’s an area that the 2017 Mazda3 excels at. The model was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. In addition to that, it delivers safety features through its entry level trim that don’t come with the entry level Forte, like standard daytime running lights, in-vehicle assistance service and parking assist.

To learn more about the differences between the 2017 Mazda3 vs 2017 Kia Forte, just contact us at Holiday Mazda. We would be happy to set you up with a test drive.

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2017 mazda3 with manual transmission shifter