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2015 Kia Forte 2015 Volkswagen Golf 2015 Mazda Mazda3
 
4dr Sdn Man 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
4dr HB Man S
  • 4dr HB Man S
  • 2dr HB Man Launch Edition
  • 2dr HB Man TSI S
  • 2dr HB Auto TSI S
  • 4dr HB Auto TSI S
  • 4dr HB Man TSI S w/Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Man TDI S
  • 4dr HB Auto TSI S w/Sunroof
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI S
  • 4dr HB Auto TSI SE
  • 4dr HB Man TDI SE
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI SE
  • 4dr HB Auto TSI SEL
  • 4dr HB Man TDI SEL
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI SEL
4dr Sdn Man 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
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Touring
  • 5dr HB Man s Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring

Prices

MSRP $15,890 $0 $16,945
Invoice $15,587 $0 $16,474
Avg. Paid $16,610 N/A $17,347

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.3 9.0 N/A
Critics' Rating 8.8 9.1 N/A
Performance 7.3 8.2 N/A
Interior 8.4 8.4 N/A
Safety 8.8 10.0 N/A
Reliability N/A N/A N/A

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Roomy back seat
  • Lots of available features
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Roomy cargo area
  • Exceptional cargo space
  • Top-notch interior materials
  • Golf TDI’s excellent fuel economy
  • Long-haul comfortable front seats
  • Nimble handling
Cons
  • Lack of steering feel
  • Small touch-screen display
  • Few driver assistance features

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Regular Unleaded I-4 1.8 L/110 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 1.8 L/110 Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122
MPG 25 City / 37 Hwy N/A 29 City / 41 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Hatchback Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 179.5 180.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 70.7
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 57.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2804 2781

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard 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 Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

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

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
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Power Passenger Seat 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 Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement 1.8 L/110 1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 145 @ 6500 170 @ 6200 155 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 130 @ 4700 184 @ 1500 150 @ 4000
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 34.8 35.8 34.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 (Est) 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 37 (Est) 41
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 14.5 13.2

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Torsion Beam Multi-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard