[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.
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.
2010 Kia Forte SX 6-Speed Overview Ron Tonkin Kia
Please Contact Darrell Croteau the Internet Sales Manager for Ron Tonkin
Kia @ 888-260-5701 -OR-Visit http://www.tonkinkia.com/ for more information
Conveniently located 10 minutes from Downtown Portland at 19335 SE
McLoughlin Blvd, Gladstone, OR, 97027.
2010 Kia Forte SX
2.4L Inline 4 Cylinder Engine
10.5:1 Compression Ratio
173 Hp 168 ft/lbs Torque
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Curb Weight 2853 lbs
Mileage: City 22 Highway 32
Sport Tuned Suspension
Heated Body Color Side Mirrors with Integrated Turn Signals
Front Fog Lamps
6-Speaker Stereo System
Sirius Satellite Radio
USB/AUX iPOD Plug-in for Full iPOD integration
Fuel Efficiency Monitor
Power Door Locks
Keyless Entry with Trunk Release
Tilt and Telescoping Steering Column
Cloth Seating with Red Stitching
60/40 Split Folding Rear Seat
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob
Metal Finish Accents
Electronic Stability Control
Please Call: Darrell Croteau the Internet Sales Manager for Ron Tonkin Kia
@ 888-260-5701 or Visit www.TonkinKia.com For More Information
Conveniently located 10 Minutes South of Downtown Portland on SE McLoughlin
Blvd. / Hwy 99E
Video by Josh Hixon
2010 Kia Forte EX, Detailed Walk Around.
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Inside and out walkaround of 2010 Kia Forte EX.
Sunroof with pop-up feature shown.
Drive - Mazda 3 Grand Touring
Award winning automotive journalist Tom Voelk tests the Mazda 3 Grand
Touring. The review also includes foot space for his size 11s, bluetooth
connectivity (if the car has it), and the ever popular Toliet Paper (TP)
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.