2019 Kia Forte vs 2018 Mazda3

Red 2019 Kia Forte and red 2018 Mazda3

Are you looking for a reliable compact sedan with an affordable price tag? The all-new 2019 Kia Forte at Performance Kia is the perfect sedan for every lifestyle. Whether you’re commuting to class or work, or going on a cross-country road trip, the Forte is the ultimate travel partner. With enough room for five passengers and a trunk full of cargo, the Forte is a vehicle you can rely on. Learn all about the features of the new Forte and see how it stacks up against the competition with this 2019 Kia Forte and 2018 Mazda3 comparison.

Buyers looking for a sporty, feature-filled sedan need to look no further than the 2019 Kia Forte. With a starting price of $17,690, the sleek and impactful 2019 Kia Forte is offered in four different trim levels – FE, LXS, S, and EX. The 2018 Mazda3 can hardly compete with its three trim offerings – Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring – and its steeper price tag of $18,095.

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2019 Kia Forte vs 2018 Mazda3
2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 Atkinson Cycle engine Engine SKYACTIV®-G 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT
147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm Horsepower 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
8" touch-screen display with available UVO technology Infotainment Center 7" touch-screen display with MAZDA CONNECT™
4 trims - FE, LXS, S, EX Trim Options 3 trims - Sport, Touring, Grand Touring

What are the differences between the 2019 Kia Forte and 2018 Mazda3?

Powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 Atkinson Cycle engine with 147 horsepower, the 2019 Kia Forte gives drivers the option between a 6-speed manual transmission or an Intelligent Variable Transmission with Sportmatic® mode. With Sportmatic® mode drivers are able to take control of shifting gears to get the powerful control of manual transmission while still being able to shift back to using the automatic transmission.

Inside the sleek 2019 Kia Forte is a larger cabin than previous models to make this Forte your most comfortable drive yet. With more legroom and more cargo space, you and your Forte can easily take on even longer road trips than before without having to stop to stretch your legs. You can easily split the 60/40 rear seats to make room for longer and larger cargo items while still leaving room for rear passengers. The available power sunroof lets you bring the sunshine in on summer days to make every drive feel like a breeze.

The 2019 Kia Forte features an 8” color touch-screen display with Android Auto™ and Apply CarPlay™ compatibility. Drivers are able to safely use their favorite smartphone apps with the help of the hands-free connectivity between your phone and the infotainment system. View navigation, music, text messages, and more all on the impressively clear display in the 2019 Kia Forte.


Red 2019 Kia Forte driving
Dashboard and interior of 2019 Kia Forte
Closeup of steering wheel in 2018 Mazda3
Red 2018 Mazda3