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Kia Forte vs. Mazda 3

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Forte

$440
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Mazda 3

$433
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
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 $440 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Forte.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Mazda 3 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $433 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the 3 is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$440
inexpensive
expensive
$433
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.15
not often
very often
0.26
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(2)
4
(2)
3
(0)
2
(0)
1
(0)
The Kia Forte ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in electrical.
“Love this car! I don't see many others on the road and I know I know a secret no one else knows - because my Kia is the best on the road. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's one of the most c...”
“Love this car! I don't see many others on the road and I know I know a secret no one else knows ...”
5
(4)
4
(11)
3
(6)
2
(4)
1
(0)
The Mazda Mazda3 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile tires, while good looking, make the ride a tad rough. I know it's a sporty little wagon but you defini...”
“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile ti...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Forte and the Mazda 3 are two compact cars. The Kia Forte is a compact four-door sedan, while the Mazda 3 is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Both come with front-wheel drive.

The Mazda 3 comes out ahead in terms of standard engine power, while the Forte leads in the optional engine area. The Mazda 3 packs 155 horsepower as standard, while the Forte has 147. But the Forte’s optional engine produces 201 horsepower, while the Mazda 3’s top engine trials with 184.

The Kia Forte has 96.2 cubic feet of interior space, nearly identical to the Mazda 3 and its 96.3 cubic feet. In the trunk, the Forte’s 14.9 cubic feet takes a comfortable lead over the Mazda 3’s less spacious 12.4 cubic feet. If you need maximum hauling ability, the Mazda 3 hatchback’s 47.1 cubic feet of space with the back seats folded down trumps both sedans.

Each of these vehicles has a unique feature that may be a tie-breaker for you. For the Forte, it’s Kia’s excellent 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. For the Mazda 3, it’s an exceptional blend of ride, handling and fun-to-drive qualities. Which of these is more important to you?

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