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2014 Kia Forte 2014 Mazda Mazda3 2014 Ford Fiesta
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
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 S
  • 4dr Sdn S
  • 5dr HB S
  • 4dr Sdn SE
  • 5dr HB SE
  • 4dr Sdn Titanium
  • 5dr HB Titanium
  • 5dr HB ST

Prices

MSRP $17,500 $17,995 $14,100
Invoice $16,790 $17,485 $13,571
Avg. Paid $18,313 $18,326 $14,737

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.3 8.9 8.3
Critics' Rating 9.2 9.6 9.3
Performance 7.5 9.3 8.7
Interior 8.1 7.6 8.5
Safety 8.1 9.7 8.0
Reliability 3.0 3.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Lots of standard and optional features
  • All-day comfortable front seats
  • Generous trunk space
  • Intuitive climate and stereo controls
  • Nimble handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Long list of available tech features
  • Upscale interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • Athletic handling
Cons
  • Lackluster performance from base engine
  • Limited cargo space in sedan 
  • Less cargo space than rival hatchbacks

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Regular Unleaded I-4 1.8 L/110 Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Regular Unleaded I-4 1.6 L/97
MPG 25 City / 36 Hwy 30 City / 41 Hwy 27 City / 38 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sedan Sedan Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 106.3 98
Length, Overall (in) 179.5 180.3 173.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 70.7 67.8
Height, Overall (in) 56.5 57.3 58

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2776 2848 2578

Tires & Wheels

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

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

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

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.2 96.3 85.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 38.6 39.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 42.2 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.1 57.2 52.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.8 55.5 50.6
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.6 37.1
Second Leg Room (in) 35.9 35.8 31.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 54.4 49
Second Hip Room (in) 53.1 53.5 49.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.9 12.4 12.8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard
Hard Disk Drive Standard Standard

Heating & Cooling

Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional Standard Standard
Vinyl Seats Optional Standard Standard
Cooled Rear Seat Standard Standard
Heated Rear Seat Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard
Split Bench Seat 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
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Supercharged Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Displacement 1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122 1.6 L/97
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 148 @ 6500 155 @ 6000 120 @ 6350
Torque (Net @ RPM) 131 @ 4700 150 @ 4000 112 @ 5000
Transmission Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 34.8 34.8 34.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 30 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 41 38
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 13.2 12

Suspension

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

Transmission

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