2017 Kia Forte vs. 2016 Nissan Sentra vs. 2016 Mazda3 4-Door

The 2017 Kia Forte is hitting dealership lots the summer of 2016, and it's already stunning drivers and experts alike with its revamped powertrain and higher power in base models, as well as available eServices like UVO3 infotainment. Let's see how this latest arrival in the compact class compares with the other current compact models on lots, vs. the 2016 Nissan Sentra and 2016 Mazda3 4-Door.

If you're interested in a compact car, you want something that is fuel-efficient and fun to drive, and the 2017 Kia Forte delivers that in spades, with a 2016 Kia Optima-inspired design that brings a European flair to this fun front fascia and a swift-responding throttle. Combine that with a fuel economy of 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and you have a valuable asset in the 2017 Forte. The 2016 Mazda3 4-Door has a slight edge in fuel economy but features a rather plain, rounded-off design, while the 2016 Nissan Sentra has aggressively sharp angles in front and back, making for a exterior that tries too hard to stand out.

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2017 Kia Forte Vs. 2016 Nissan Sentra 2016 Mazda3 4-Door
29, 38 Base MPG (city, highway) 29, 38 30, 41
5/5 Results of 2016 J.D Power Initial Quality Study Not rated as of mid-2016 3/5
7 Max. Available Screen Size? (inches) 5.8 7
10-yr/100k miles, 5-yr/60k miles Warranty Coverage (powertrain / bumper-to-bumper) 5-yr/60k miles, 3-yr/36k miles 5-yr/60k miles, 3-yr/36k miles
Yes Available Ventilated Front Seats? No No
Yes Available Dynamic Bending Lights (DBL)?
No No

The 2017 Forte Leads the Compact Pack in Wichita Falls TX

It's nearly 2020, so we expect the latest in technology in the cars we buy; the 2017 Kia Forte does not disappoint on that count, either, with an available seven-inch color touchscreen that can sync you up with voice-command navigation. While the Mazda3 4-Door has similar tech here, the Nissan Sentra tops out at a 5.8-inch color touchscreen, making it harder to see maps or music selections. And the advantages of the 2017 Forte don't stop, there, as it is the only one of the three to receive a stellar 5/5 in the 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study.

That result is for the prior model year, but with the 2017 Forte ramping up the performance with a new 2.0-liter Atkinson engine for base models and a tech upgrade to UVO3 for compatible trim levels, the new model promises to be just as successful. Add to that the 2017 Forte's Dynamic Bending Lights in top trim levels, which enable you to "see" around corners better, and which is not present in the 2016 Nissan Sentra or the 2016 Mazda3 4-Door, and you have one tech-savvy, helpful compact.

The Kia Forte has the edge in style, warranty coverage, available tech and fun for the compact class, and all at a reasonable price. We carry the Kia Forte at Patterson Kia of Wichita Falls, 2910 Old Jacksboro Highway in Wichita Falls TX, and we would love for you to visit us on the lot or take a look at our inventory online. For more information please call us at (877) 763-7209 or come see us in person to test drive a model today.

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