Congratulations on your Forte. I agree with your assessment of the Mazda; I don't miss my '10 Mazdaspeed 3 at all. Sure, the Mazdaspeed had more power, but unless you're driving like your hair is on fire, the 2.4L Kia has plenty of pep. Styling on the Kia is much better than the Mazda. Both the interior and exterior styling on the Kia are much more sophisticated.