Kia Forte vs. Mazda 3

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Forte

$451
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Mazda 3

$433
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Excellent
The Kia Forte Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 6th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $451 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Forte is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
4
Excellent
The Mazda 3 Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $433 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low while frequency of those issues is average, so major issues are uncommon for the 3.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$451
inexpensive
expensive
$433
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.19
not often
very often
0.33
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
not urgent
urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (2)
4 (2)
3
(0)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Kia Forte ranks highest in value and ranks lowest in value.
“I LOVE my Kia Forte! Everything is wonderful, including the price I paid for it: $15k at The Kia Depot. The no-cost "extras" like Bluetooth, 3 months of Sirius radio and the manual shift option...”
“I LOVE my Kia Forte! Everything is wonderful, including the price I paid for it: $15k at The Kia...”
5 (4)
4 (12)
3 (6)
2 (4)
1
(0)
The Mazda 3 ranks highest in value and ranks lowest in value.
“Bought new in 2004. Have 61000 miles now. Have owned 4 Hondas before this since 1977. Would NOT buy another Mazda. 1. Transmission had "hard shifting" from 1st-2nd gear. Required 3 trips to dealer...”
“Bought new in 2004. Have 61000 miles now. Have owned 4 Hondas before this since 1977. Would NOT...”