[cc] 2010 Mazda 3i × 2010 Kia Forte SX Review - Lake Houston, United States
Adam Barrera at highmileage.org evaluates the Mazda 3i and Kia Forte SX compact sedans, pits them head-to-head, and places them in the context of their competition. Let me know what you think -- start a conversation with me on Twitter. http://twitter.com/highmileage
The first Mazda3 was a Great Little Car! It would've been the best among its peers...
if it hadn't trailed the Ford Focus by 8 miles per gallon.
Time has passed, and the 3 has evolved... but it faces new competition.
The Kia Forte is the first Korean compact car engineered to be at the top of shoppers' lists...
instead of a second-tier alternative.
Tedious automotive clichés mean that some compact car buyers will bypass
these cars altogether on their way to Honda and Toyota showrooms.
What a bummer.
The Forte feels as solidly built as any Civic or Corolla,
and it's backed by a longer warranty.
Inside the Forte, there are no positive or negative surprises
just a well-crafted and inoffensively designed interior
with slightly more passenger room and cargo volume than its main competition.
The new Mazda3's interior lies on the same plane.
The last-generation 3's deep, dramatic gauge lighting is gone.
Also gone is the eye-catching contrast-check upholstery that used to set this car apart in the segment.
In the New 3, drivers sit in a vast expanse of unaccented cloth.
Thankfully, the head unit's reactive LEDs have been retained.
They're the only design element that saves the 3's interior from monotony.
On the road, both vehicles bring memories of a better time
when '90s compacts were light and fun to toss.
Kia has never built a vehicle as dialed in as the Forte.
Its above-average reflexes seem held back only by its tires.
But where the Kia surprises, the Mazda thrills.
At Mazda, Zoom-Zoom isn't a marketing slogan
it's an engineering guideline.
Not a single bushing drowns out the base 3's connection to the road.
The 3 is still *so* fun to drive,
but its interior has become marginalized and severe.
Without an interior edge, the only parameter that makes the Mazda3
more desirable than the Kia Forte is the way that it drives.
If Kia sharpened the Forte's steering and suspension, Mazda could have a problem.
But for now, the Mazda delivers a complete package:
competitive fuel economy, declarative sheetmetal, and soulful road feel.
Both cars are more engaging than the Toyota Corolla
and more rationally priced than the Honda Civic.
Drive - Kia Forte EX
Award winning automotive journalist Tom Voelk tests the Kia Forte EX. The
review also includes foot space for his size 11s, bluetooth connectivity
(if the car has it), and the ever popular Toliet Paper (TP) test.
2010 KIA Forte SX review
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In the past some Korean car manufactures have blatantly copied much more
expensive competitors like the Mercedes Benz or Jaguar, but the Forte only
takes the better design cues from the Civic and builds on them with a
unique, original, and dare I say a sexy spin on the standard Civic.
[cc] 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Road Test Review - First Drive
Adam Barrera at highmileage.org evaluates the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
sedan and places it in the context of its competition. Let me know what you
think -- start a conversation with me on Twitter.
In a market saturated with low-denominator midsize sedans that try
just hard enough to earn buyers' attention, Hyundai has taken a
radical tack with the wildly styled Sonata Hybrid.
Manufacturers obsessed with selling vehicles in bulk tend toward
conservative exterior designs.
Hyundai, on the other hand, has retained bravery.
Even the base Sonata wears daring sheetmetal strakes and a swooping
The Hybrid's unique front air dam allows for an aerodynamically tight
grille-less hood design.
Blue logos and clear taillamps seem to be staples of hybrid
It also seems as if every hybrid must have a gimmicky display to
reassure owners that they are,
indeed, helping the planet.
Four different screens in the navitainment system can be used to
monitor the driver's behavior, the flow of energy to and from the
wheels, and fuel economy statistics.
Only the last two screens provide useful information at a glance.
An Eco Guide needle swings to indicate live fuel consumption.
A traditional tachometer would be more useful, but, unfortunately,
there's not even an option to monitor engine speed through the driver
This Blue Drive button on the steering wheel seems to have no effect
other than turning the driver information center blue.
One screen 'grades' drivers' habits via an Eco Score,
which never exceeded nine during this test.
No matter. In heavy Chicago traffic, the Sonata returned an average of
40 miles per gallon
by aggressively cutting fuel during deceleration
and staying in EV mode until the battery pack reached less than
At freeway speeds, the Sonata often cycles into pure EV mode.
Hyundai says their hybrid will enter EV mode at speeds of up to 62
miles per hour,
but this pre-production car entered EV mode when coasting down from
speeds of over 70 mph.
On the road, powertrain transitions are seamless.
At parking lot speeds and at idle, however, the Sonata whirs, pops and
buzzes in a cacophony that, again, probably serves to remind its
drivers that they are indeed inside a hybrid. Imperceptibility was
once the goal of any hybrid vehicle.
Now that driving a hybrid is a social statement,
certain types of aural feedback may possess an important sort of novelty.
Otherwise, the hybrid shares the base Sonata's quirks and assets.
The steering wheel is admirably designed with a sense of motion,
but curiously, the leather wrap doesn't cover the touch points at 9 and 3.
The same dynamism is captured in the design of the center stack,
but the navitainment system cannot split radio and map data.
Hyundai's famous premium leather grain is perforated to stay
comfortable during long roadtrips.
The battery pack does annex some trunk space,
which leaves a very narrow pass-through slot to accommodate long cargo.
However, passenger volume remains unchanged from the standard model.
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid makes sense for midsize sedan buyers
who spend lots of time in bumper-to-bumper city traffic.
However, like most other hybrids, high-speed commuters may find that the
conventional non-hybrid Sonata delivers similar highway fuel
efficiency -- at less cost.
2010 Kia Forte Koup SX In Depth Review, Start Up, and Engine Details
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX. I
take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car
while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling
cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it,
start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough
tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
The McLaren P1 Test. On Road and Track - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
Chris Harris drives the new $1.2 million McLaren P1 at the Yas Marina Grand
Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi UAE. Before taking to the track at night, Chris
Harris chats with Chris Goodwin, the Chief Test Driver for McLaren
Automotive to discuss the technology of McLaren's latest offering, perhaps
the definition of the modern day hypercar.
Fair warning, the McLaren Chris Harris drives in this video is the XP7, the
pre-production prototype for P1. The car has had a long life over the past
15 months, driving around the world and clocking over 40,000 hard miles.
Roadfly.com - 2010 Kia Forte Road Test and Review
Roadfly.com road tests the all new 2010 Kia Forte. Jessi Lang reviews the
latest small car entry from Kia. According to Jessi Lang the all new 2010
Kia Forte is the "best value for your money" in the small car segment.
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2014 Mazda Mazda3 5 Door Hatchback Review and Road Test
The mainstream compact car segment is the perfect example of the infamous
"driving appliance." The Corolla and Civic sell in enormous volume because
they are the middle-of-the-road "white bread" option, not in-spite of the
vanilla. Unlike many in the automotive press, I don't find anything wrong
with that. In fact, I love me some Wonder Bread. But sometimes you feel
like a pumpernickel, and that's where the 2014 Mazda3 comes in.
Accounting for 30% of Mazda's worldwide volume, calling the Mazda3 their
most important product would be putting things lightly. As a result 2014
brings a complete overhaul to every aspect of the 3 and the compact sedan
now rides on a platform derived from the larger 6. The "Kodo" design
language of the larger sedan has also been brought down to its smaller
stablemate to astonishing effect. While the old Mazda3 was all smiles and
bubbles, the new 3 is all grown up and aggressive with Mazda's incredibly
attractive grille. Before the 3′s release I was quite torn about who was
the fairest of them all but now there is no contest.
The 2014 dimensions play a huge role in the way the 3 looks on the road.
Mazda moved the A-pillar 3.5 inches to the rear making the hood longer,
lengthened the wheelbase by 2.5 inches, dropped the height by 6/10ths and
made the whole car 1.6 inches wider. So far so good, but somehow Mazda
managed to slash the front overhang and increase the wheel-to-front-door
distance to an almost RWD like proportion. That would probably have been
enough in a segment dominated by slab sides, but Mazda puts two distinctive
character lines to separate the 3 from the pack. Out back we have tail
lamps that mimic the front styling and your choice of a hatch or a trunk.
Opting for the hatch gives the Mazda3 a side profile reminiscent of BMW's
X1, not a bad thing to be reminded of.
With pricing that ranges from $16,945 (sedan) to a hair under $30,000
(loaded hatch) if you check all the option boxes on a Mazda3 hatch, it's
obvious the Mazda spans the price spectrum from white bread in a bag to a
paper-wrapped organic artisan cheesy sourdough. Like the Ford Focus, this
large price span means the $19,495 iSport and $20,645 iTouring compete with
the bulk of Corolla/Civic shoppers while the upper level trims compete with
the Ford Focus, Acura ILX, Lexus CT200h, Buick Verano, and the few that
shopped Volvo's defunct C30.
Compared to the Civic and Corolla, the Mazda3 delivers superior dynamics
and more premium dash materials in exchange for less tech and no
touchscreen infotainment. This is a dangerous trade in a segment known for
placing features before fun. On the flip side, the Mazda3 has everything it
needs to compete with the Focus, ILX, Verano and CT200h. Mazda's chassis
tuning makes the Mazda the most fun to drive (even considering the ILX
2.4′s Civic Si roots), the infotainment system is entry-level luxury
worthy and 2014 brings all full-speed range radar cruise control and ever
gadget the Buick and Lexus shopper could want. So is the Mazda3 the perfect
pumpernickel for Wonder Bread prices? As good as. Civirolla shoppers who
can be convinced to cross-shop will be pleased with Mazda's sexy exterior,
comfortable seats and road manners, but those after large seats and large
trunks will return to the white bread alternative. I suspect the near
luxury shoppers are the ones that will miss out the most however thinking
that nothing this tasty could come in a package with a Mazda logo on it.
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2010 Kia Forte Koup SX Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour/Review
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the all new 2010 Kia Forte
Koup SX. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior
of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting
unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the
details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A
thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.