I price compared all the obvious competition online finding all except the Mazda 3 to be more expensive . After testing the Mazda3 GS and the Forte EX it was a toss up . My wife spotted a Forte SX in the show room , the comparable Mazda3 Sport with the 2.5l , leather etc was close to $30k cdn . I'm sure a loaded Civic SI sedan was going to over $30k as well . We got the Forte SX auto for $21,185 cdn + freight , fees and taxes . Options were metallic paint , block heater , hood guard and bumper guard strip .