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Future competition: Kia Forte (Spectra) & Mazda3
Mazda has just released a few official photos of it’s up-coming Mazda3 replacement. In addition to that, the company also announced it plans to officially unveil it’s hotly anticipated 4-door compact sedan at the 2008 L.A. Auto Show.
If you guys show interest, we are going to look at the car in a few more details after it makes it’s official US debut next month. What we plan to do today is to visually compare the Mazda3 sedan against it’s South Korean opponent, the Kia Forte.
Kia Forte vs. Mazda 3
Both 4-door compact sedan are similar in size and belong to an increasingly popular compact car segment. Starting next year, they will do the battle against each other with an aim to attract as many customers as possible.
With months to come, the all-new Mazda3 will not be the compact sedan to join the battle.
There are many new models, similar in size to Kia Forte, announced to enter the race for U.S. customers. Just for your information, there is a brand-new Chevrolet Cruze about to enter the crowded U.S. market, along with the next-generation VW Jetta.
1. Rear-quarter view on the new Kia Forte & Mazda 3
The Mazda3 looks slightly sportier, while Forte doesn’t seem far behind with its edgier exterior design.
The front-end of the Forte sedan features Kia’s H-signature grille. It looks more simple thant the Mazda3’s front fascia. The later sports a huge air intakes in the bumper area which doesn’t look bad either.
Back at rear, both compact sedan look pretty good. Being Kia fans, we do preffer the styling of the new Forte 4-door over the exterior layout of its Mazda3 rival.
However, we do admit Mazda designers have done the job well and brought a very nicely styled compact car to the market.
Let us know which compact car do you preffer? The all-new Kia Forte or Mazda 3 4-door sedan?