Compare Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Kia Forte vs. Honda Civic

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 2010 Kia Forte 2010 Honda Civic
2010 Mazda MAZDA3 2010 Kia Forte 2010 Honda Civic
4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Sport
  • 5dr HB Man s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Sport
  • 5dr HB Auto s Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring
4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man EX
  • 2dr Cpe Man EX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto EX
  • 4dr Sdn Man SX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto EX
  • 2dr Cpe Man SX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto SX
LX Automatic Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX-VP Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • DX-VP Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX-S Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • LX-S Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Manual Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX-L Manual Coupe
  • EX-L Manual Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • EX Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • Si Manual Sedan
  • Si Manual Sedan with Summer Tires
  • EX-L Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • EX-L Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires and Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation and Summer Tires
  • GX Natural Gas Vehicle Automatic Sedan


MSRP $15,345 $14,695 $18,405
Invoice $14,387 $14,410 $16,956
Avg. Paid $9,281 $8,782 $11,325

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.9 8.8 8.5
Critics' Rating 9.5 9.1 9.6
Performance 8.7 8.0 8.5
Interior 8.5 8.7 8.2
Cost to Own 9.3 9.6 9.4
Safety 9.3 9.2 9.3
Reliability 4.0 4.0 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding performance
  • Quality interior
  • Good safety scores
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Good rear-seat comfort and cargo space
  • Numerous standard features
  • Scored well in crash tests
  • High reliability rating
  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Below-average reliability rating
  • Divisive smiling front grille
  • Cramped second-row seats
  • Underpowered engines
  • Cramped back seat
  • Few standard features
  • Small trunk

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 1.8L/110
MPG 25 City / 33 Hwy 25 City / 34 Hwy 25 City / 36 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 103.9 104.3 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 180.7 178.3 176.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.1 69.9 69.0
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 57.5 56.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2868 2740 2754

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Optional Standard
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 94.1 96.8 90.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.9 40.0 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.0 43.3 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 55.7 53.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.7 53.0 51.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 37.8 37.4
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 35.0 34.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.7 52.4
Second Hip Room (in) 52.2 53.3 51.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 11.8 14.7 12.0


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Optional Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Optional Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Split Bench Seat Optional
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 148 @ 6500 156 @ 6200 140 @ 6300
Torque (Net @ RPM) 135 @ 4500 144 @ 4300 128 @ 4300
Transmission Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 17.1 33.8 35.4


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 34 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.7 13.2


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent MacPherson strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Torsion Beam Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Automatic Standard Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.