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2013 Kia Rio 2014 Mazda Mazda3 2014 Kia Forte
   
4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 5dr HB Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 5dr HB Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto EX
  • 5dr HB Auto EX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SX
  • 5dr HB Auto SX
  • 5dr HB Man SX
4dr Sdn Auto i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 5dr HB Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Sport
  • 5dr HB Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s 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
  • 2dr Cpe Man EX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto EX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto EX
  • 5dr HB Auto EX
  • 2dr Cpe Man SX
  • 5dr HB Man SX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto SX
  • 5dr HB Auto SX

Prices

MSRP $14,700 $17,995 $17,500
Invoice $14,200 $17,495 $16,790
Avg. Paid $13,386 $18,328 N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 8.8 8.5
Critics' Rating 8.8 9.6 9.2
Performance 7.8 9.3 7.5
Interior 8.2 7.6 8.1
Safety 8.5 9.7 8.1
Reliability 3.5 2.5 3.5
Operating Cost 8.4 N/A N/A

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Lots of available features
  • Composed ride
  • Upscale cabin
  • Ample cargo space in hatchback
  • Nimble handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Long list of available tech features
  • Lots of standard and optional features
  • All-day comfortable front seats
  • Generous trunk space
  • Intuitive climate and stereo controls
Cons
  • Rival cars are more agile and fun to drive
  • Limited cargo space in sedan 
  • Lackluster performance from base engine

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.6L/97 Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Regular Unleaded I-4 1.8 L/110
MPG 28 City / 36 Hwy 30 City / 41 Hwy 25 City / 36 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Sedan Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.200 106.3 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 171.900 180.3 179.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.700 70.7 70.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.300 57.3 56.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Optional Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2403 2848 2776

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Keyless Start Optional Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Optional Standard Optional
Power Door Locks Optional Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 88.400 96.3 96.2
Front Head Room (in) 40.000 38.6 39.1
Front Leg Room (in) 43.800 42.2 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.100 57.2 56.1
Front Hip Room (in) 52.100 55.5 53.8
Second Head Room (in) 37.600 37.6 37.3
Second Leg Room (in) 31.100 35.8 35.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.100 54.4 54.9
Second Hip Room (in) 51.200 53.5 53.1
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.700 12.4 14.9

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat 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 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 Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Optional
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement 1.6L/97 2.0 L/122 1.8 L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 138 @ 6300 155 @ 6000 148 @ 6500
Torque (Net @ RPM) 123 @ 4850 150 @ 4000 131 @ 4700
Transmission Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 34.500 34.8 34.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 30 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 41 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 11.400 13.2 13.2

Suspension

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

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard Standard