2016 Kia Forte5 vs. 2016 Mazda3 5-Door

The hatchback is a handy car to have, whether you're a college student on the go or a retiree who likes to tote along your crafts to sell in the city. These vehicles are easy to drive in general and they make difficult situations even easier, including fitting into a parking space in the city or handling sharp turns in the country. And we have a comparison of the 2016 Kia Forte5 vs. 2016 Mazda3 5-Door to see which of these smooth operators is the better hatchback for you.

Let's talk the bottom line. The 2016 Kia Forte5 is available for prices starting at $13,060 with the Friendly Kia VIP Price, which is several thousand less than the competition is asking for a 2016 Mazda3 5-Door, which starts around $20,000 and goes up from there. And while you're raking in the savings, which gives you extra cash for a vacation or to pay off your student loans, you also have the peace of mind with the 2016 Forte5 that comes from Kia's industry-leading warranty coverage: 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain coverage and five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage, which nearly doubles the years and mileage markers that Mazda offers to its 5-Door buyers.

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2016 Kia Forte5 Vs. 2016 Mazda3 5-Door
$13,060 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $20,735 (The Competition)
173 / 201  HP: Base / Top 155 / 184
23.2 Cargo Room (cubic feet) 20.2
98.2 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 96.4
10-yr/100k-mile limited powertrain Warranty Coverage 5-yr/60k-mile limited powertrain

Open the Hatch to a Sweet Ride in the Tampa Clearwater St. Petersburg Area

You expect nice fuel economy from a compact hatchback, which the 2016 Kia Forte5 surely offers with 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, but you also can count on additional room for your items in vehicles in this class, with the 2016 Forte5 giving you a nice 23.2 cubic feet of room for your cargo, more than a sedan and surely more than the 2016 Mazda3 5-Door's 20.2 cubic feet. And though you might not expect a muscle car's worth of power in these handy hatches, the 2016 Mazda3 5-Door has 155 HP in base models, 184 in top-line models, which is fine, though easily surpassed by the 2016 Forte5's 173 HP in base models and a sedan-like 201 HP in top-line models.

When it comes to hatchbacks, you want the car with the most room, the most power and the best price, so come test drive a 2016 Kia Forte5 at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. Call us at 877-544-6706 or come visit on the lot; and bring your furry friend, as we're a dog-friendly lot. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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