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Forte SX hatch vs. Mazda 3 or Elantra Touring
By rb7385899 on
2011 Kia Forte SX 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
We already have an 09 elantra touring.
The Kia is a step up (173 hp, 6 speed auto) and better styled.
We cross shopped it against the Mazda 3 (too little rear seat room) and Subaru Forrester (noisy, handles worse).
After about 1,000 miles i'm pretty satisifed with the Kia.
Returning about 26 mpg on my commute, and is fully loaded (leather, sunroof, power everything for $21K and change).
Much peppier than the elantra, which I still love anyway.
Likes - space, mpg, acceleration, styling, quiet, value/price.
mine is some sort of metallic red paint, black leather with red piping.
how much would an oil gauge have cost?
rear seat cupholders?
the steering wheel shift paddles are weirdly placed, but the console shifter can up and downshift manually quite naturally.