The 2019 Mazda3 vs. the 2019 Kia Forte

Mazda and Kia both have a distinct tradition of affordable sedans that are stylish and safe. Filled with features throughout, you'll find things to love in both these vehicles. Here at Wayne Mazda, we are here to tell you why the 2019 Mazda3 is the better bet if you're in the market for a new sedan or hatchback.


The 2019 Mazda3 has a host of features to be excited about, including brand-new engine technology, a full suite of safety tech coming standard, and brand new architecture to improve the rigidity of the Mazda3, helping to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. Kia has similar technology offerings but doesn't put quite the effort into drive quality function that the Mazda3 does.


The 2019 Mazda3 has a host of five powertrain options including the brand-new debut of the SkyActiv-X, which incorporates a commercial gas engine with Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology. The engine aims to produce a greater fuel-efficiency standard than the SkyActiv-G engine lineup while reducing emissions. The Kia Forte's engines don't quite have the muscle of the Mazda3, nor does it have the handling capability.

Interior and Exterior Design

Mazda has made an effort to intertwine the Japanese concept of Kai within their aesthetic with sleek styling and elegance throughout the cabin and the exterior. Thinner headlights, a honeycomb mesh grill, removed side vents, a low roof and an angular kink in the rear door provide the hatchback version with a unique styling option. Inside, the Mazda3 has leather options and a nice interior, especially for the price. You'll find that the Kia Forte's design scheme seems dated in comparison.


The Mazda3 in sedan and hatchback form is an excellent vehicle that offers similar technology features in entertainment and safety as does the Kia Forte. However, new engine technology gives it a better combination of power and efficiency, while improved structural designs forge the Mazda3 ahead.

Comparing the 2019 Mazda3 vs the 2019 Hyundai Elantra

Between Mazda and Hyundai, both brands provide excellent, affordable vehicles. When it boils down to it, the barebones essential amenities the Hyundai Elantra has are similar to the Mazda3, but it can't quite compete with the finish, style, drive quality, and premium materials. With the Mazda3, you'll find a much more enjoyable ride than the Hyundai Elantra.

Performance and Features

The Mazda3 has five powerful engine options to look forward to, in addition to SkyActiv-X technology, which takes the fuel-efficiency of diesel while simultaneously reducing emissions. The performance advantage of the Mazda3 comes from the blend of power and efficiency. Further, its on the road performance with available intelligent all-wheel drive, coupled with G-Vectoring Control Plus helps distribute power evenly. In the 2019 Hyundai Elantra, a Multilink Rear Suspension is outpaced by a Torsion beam in the 2019 Mazda3.

Design of the Mazda3 vs. the 2019 Hyundai Elantra

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra falls far behind the 2019 Mazda3 when it comes to style and design. The Japanese concept of Kai inspires the aesthetic with sleeker headlights, angular kinks, and a lower, flatter roof. Inside, the Mazda3's increased structural rigidity helps contribute to less noise and distractions, making for a quieter cabin and a more pleasant drive than the Hyundai Elantra.


The Hyundai Elantra lags behind the Mazda3 when it comes to superior under the hood technology. Further, the design is of no comparison, as objectively the Mazda3 looks better to the vast majority of people. However, the lesser price tag and the same array of features allows the Hyundai Elantra to be an attractive option. Here at Wayne Mazda, we encourage you to stop by for a test-drive and discover what makes the Mazda3 such an outstanding vehicle.

Comparing The 2019 Mazda3 and the 2019 Ford Focus

Ford and Mazda have both done an excellent job with the respective Ford Focus and the Mazda3. Stylish on the outside, well-crafted on the inside, these two vehicles are highly comparable to each other. While both great choices, there are a few advantages to the 2019 Mazda3 which warrants a closer look of consideration than the 2019 Ford Focus.

Performance Comparison

The engines bear similar resemblance when it comes to power and efficiency. However, the new SkyActiv-X engine incorporated with Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology creates a more fuel-efficient, yet powerful ride. Available all-wheel drive with G-Vectoring Control Plus helps enhance handling and power distribution for increased performance. Compared to the Ford Focus, the Mazda3 has a more potent engine lineup.


Outside of the new engine, the Mazda3 features a new suspension change with a Torsion-beam configuration, an improvement from the prior Multilink. On the other hand, the Ford Focus changes its gear shifter from a traditional shaft to a unique rotary shifter.

Interior of the Mazda3

Both Ford and Mazda put a tremendous effort into making sure the cabins are both comfortable and easy on the eyes. Mazda provides a flatter dashboard, with a  three layer design. The center console also benefits from a redesign with a two-layer molding upgrade that helps push it towards the higher aesthetic. The Ford Focus on the other hand, though with slight differentials in design also has a nice cabin to ride in.

Exterior of the Mazda3

The 2019 Mazda3 stands apart from the Ford Focus on its exterior design, which offers a much sleeker look than the Ford Focus. With Japanese Kai motivation, a feeling of connectedness in the Mazda3 looks sharper and more in-tune than the fairly bland Ford Focus look.

Overall, the Ford Focus and the 2019 Mazda3 are two excellent vehicles. The Mazda3 edges it out in the engine and through exterior looks, but the Ford Focus also has its perks, including available technology, engine options, and nice interior.

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