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2011 Kia Forte 2011 Ford Focus 2011 Mazda Mazda3
     
4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 5dr HB Man EX
  • 2dr Cpe Man EX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto EX
  • 5dr HB Auto EX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto EX
  • 5dr HB Man SX
  • 2dr Cpe Man SX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SX
  • 5dr HB Auto SX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto SX
4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 4dr Sdn SES
  • 4dr Sdn SEL
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 Man Mazdaspeed3 Sport
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring

Prices

MSRP $14,995 $16,640 $15,800
Invoice $14,700 $15,724 $14,801
Avg. Paid $9,786 $10,676 $10,797

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.1 7.7 8.6
Critics' Rating 8.8 7.2 9.4
Performance 7.9 7.5 8.7
Interior 8.6 7.7 8.7
Operating Cost 8.3 8.3 8.1
Safety 9.0 9.1 9.0
Reliability 3.0 3.5 3.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good fuel economy ratings
  • Strong list of tech features
  • Good cargo space for its size
  • High safety scores and reliability rating
  • Good gas mileage
  • Many standard safety features
  • Fun to drive
  • Quality interior
  • Good safety scores
Cons
  • Low reliability score
  • Underpowered engine
  • Confusing Ford Sync infotainment system
  • Interior looks and feels cheap
  • Tight rear seats
  • Small trunk in sedan

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas I4 2.0L/122
MPG 25 City / 34 Hwy 25 City / 35 Hwy 25 City / 33 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 104.3 102.9 103.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.3 175.0 180.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 67.8 69.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.5 58.6 57.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2729 2672 2859

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.8 93.4 94.1
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.2 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 43.3 41.7 42.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 53.4 54.9
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 50.4 53.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 38.3 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 36.1 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 53.6 54.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.3 50.9 52.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.7 13.8 11.8

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard

Seats

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

Safety

Airbags

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

Brakes

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 Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

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/121 2.0L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 156 @ 6200 140 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 144 @ 4300 136 @ 4250 135 @ 4500
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 33.9 34.2 34.2

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 35 33
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.7 13.5 14.5

Suspension

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

Transmission

Automatic Optional
4-Speed Automatic Optional
Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard