2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Mazda3 Sedan

2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Mazda3 Sedan

Due to their many similarities, many vehicle shoppers find it difficult to choose between the 2020 Kia Forte vs the 2020 Mazda3 Sedan. Below, we’ve broken down the trim levels, engine performance, practicality and available features of both sedans to help drivers decide which one they find more appealing.

The 2020 Kia Forte is available in five trim levels while the 2020 Mazda3 Sedan can be found in four. Every 2020 Mazda3 Sedan is powered by a 186-horsepower, four-cylinder, 2.5-liter engine. This makes it less capable than the 2020 Kia Forte, which can be equipped with a turbocharged, 201-horsepower, four-cylinder, 1.6-liter engine.

2020 Kia Forte


2020 Mazda3 Sedan

5 Trim Level Availability 4
201 hp Maximum Horsepower 186 hp
15.3 cu.ft. Standard Cargo Capacity 13.2 cu.ft.
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Optional

2020 Kia Forte Storage & Technology

The trunk of the 2020 Kia Forte offers more cargo storage space than the trunk of the 2020 Mazda3 Sedan. In the 2020 Forte, drivers have access to 15.3 cubic feet of standard cargo capacity. The trunk of the 2020 Mazda3 Sedan will feel cramped in comparison, featuring only 13.2 cubic feet of standard cargo capacity.

The 2020 Kia Forte also comes standard with several interior features and amenities that can only be found in select trim levels of the 2020 Mazda3 Sedan. One notable example is smartphone integration services such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which are standard in the 2020 Forte but optional in the 2020 Mazda3 Sedan.

Interior and exterior accessories and add-ons available for the 2020 Kia Forte include: A remote engine start system, an interior lighting kit, an auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink®, a hood deflector, a Forte-branded license plate frame, front and rear splash guards, sport visors, cargo hooks, first aid kits, sport pedals, a universal electronics holder and touch-up paint pens for every exterior color option.