The compact Kia Forte continues its run as one of the Kia brand’s best-selling vehicles in the 2021 model year. After receiving a swell of improvements in 2019, the Forte is largely a carryover model in 2021 but its presence and position among the competition remain at the top of the market.
The sporty and efficient 2021 Kia Forte is designed to effortlessly take on everyday life and every adventure. Whether you are looking for a daily commuter or a weekend rider, the 2021 Kia Forte is a perfect match. In this head-to-head comparison, we are putting the 2021 Kia Forte against the 2021 Mazda3 to showcase just how powerful of a presence the Forte has among the competition. See what the Forte continues to offer the drivers of Tampa Bay below.
2021 Kia Forte
|2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
||SKYACTIV®-G 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
|147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque
||Base Power Specs
||155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque
|Turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine (201 horsepower)
||SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (186 horsepower)
|Forte GT models
||High Flow Active Exhaust
|8 available colors
||Exterior Color Options
||6 available colors
To start things off, the 2021 Kia Forte is the more affordable option in this 2021 Kia Forte vs 2021 Mazda3 comparison. The base Forte model comes in at a starting manufacturer suggested retail price of $17,890, while the Mazda3 begins at $20,500. When shoppers decide to level up to the top-tier Forte GT Manual model they can expect an MSRP of $23,390. The top Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trim, on the other hand, starts at a much higher MSRP of $32,450.
The base 2021 Kia Forte comes fitted with an efficient 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque on deck. This engine powers the base Forte FE, Forte LXS, Forte GT-Line, and Forte EX models. At the top of the Forte lineup, the Forte GT and GT Manual models feature a punchier powerplant and are equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower on tap. The base Mazda3 generates a similar amount of power as the base Forte models but falls short when equipped with its alternative 186-horsepower 2.5-liter engine option.
Not only will shoppers enjoy more power behind the wheel of a Forte compared to the Mazda3, but this Kia lives up to the brand’s image of offering personable vehicle options to shoppers. The Forte is available in eight different fun-loving color options, while its competitor limits the options to a muted range of six available colors.
Are you looking to jump behind the wheel of a new 2021 Kia Forte? Contact a member of our team today to book a test drive with a 2021 Kia Forte in Tampa Bay at Friendly Kia.