The compact car segment has grown into one full of agile, stylish and well-equipped sedans and hatchbacks, so competition is fierce. Nearly every automaker on the market has a model which shows their ability to pack big things into small packages. The Kia Forte is Kia's answer to all those other compact cars. This small car boasts impressive cabin features at a driver-friendly price.
The new Kia Forte goes up against compact car veterans like the Honda Civic. Let's see which compact car model provides the most value!
|2018 Kia Forte LX||VS||2018 Honda Civic Sedan EX CVT|
|2.0L I4||Engine||2.0L I4|
|13.2 gallons||Fuel tank size||12.4 gallons|
|Yes||IIHS Top Safety Pick||No|
|Yes||Auxillary Jack Standard for all Trims?||No|
|60 Months or 60,000 miles||Basic Warranty||36 Months or 36,000 miles|
If there were an award an entire automotive class could get for "most improved," it would go to the compact class. The compact segment has changed significantly since its introduction decades ago, going from minimally-outfitted, tinny budget cars to small sedans that provide much of the luxurious features that are found on larger cars. Case in point is the new Forte from Kia, which is a standout in the compact car class thanks to its stellar standard and available amenities and its low starting price.
When comparing the Kia Forte to Hyundai's Elantra, it's a game of margins. With both cars having the same manufacturing location and the automakers sharing platforms, it's inevitable that the two cars would wind up sharing some specs and similarities. Where they diverge is precisely where the comparison gets interesting, though. The new Kia Forte appears to have higher aspirations than the Elantra, which seems content to compete with low-spec, low-feature models.
The Kia Forte is emblematic of Kia's ongoing push to offer high-feature vehicles at industry-leading price points. The base model Forte LX provides improved features and functionalities over the 2018 Hyundai Elantra's base SE trim, including Bluetooth® compatibility, an available LCD driver information system, improved infotainment and AUX port for playing any music that moves through a headphone cord.
Base model amenities are abundant on the 2018 Kia Forte, but reserved for higher trim levels on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. This pattern continues while you move up through the trim lineup, all the way to the top trim of each. In top trim, the 2018 Kia Forte offers a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that doesn't sacrifice efficiency for a thrill and generates 201 horses of smooth acceleration and confident passing power.
The 2018 Elantra keeps its base engine throughout most of its trim level hierarchy, only offering a boost in power in the optional Sport model, which boasts a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Premium safety features abound on the 2018 Kia Forte, and it earned a Top Safety Pick+, the top designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While the Hyundai Elantra's Top Safety Pick designation beats out some competitors, it does not offer the peace of mind that the new Kia Forte does. Visit our Kia dealership in Augusta, GA to explore all of your financing options!
If there's one thing that can be said for Kia, it's that it doesn't have a lot of tolerance for convention. For instance, the convention that compact cars need to be designed and outfitted as basic transportation, encouraging drivers to eventually splurge on a larger and higher-priced vehicle from the automaker's lineup. For Kia, this is silly. Every car and size model has its role and purpose in the 2018 Kia lineup. For Kia, the Forte isn't an opportunity to offer a cheap, unappealing and minimalist car. Rather, it's an opportunity to give drivers the kind of comfort, convenience and technology offered in larger models, along with an efficient powertrain and low price. In contrast, drivers may find the new Nissan Sentra to represent the old-guard of the compact car class, one that is a bit outdated and does not provide the level of modern, premium features that today's compact car buyers expect.
Today, the new 2018 Kia Forte is going up against the Sentra, the conventional compact sedan made by the Nissan. In the compact class, buyers must pay attention to the level of thought and detail that goes into the design, features and technology at every trim level. Value, after all, is more than just price -- it's what you get for the price! The team at Kia of Augusta looks forward to assisting you with your new 2018 Kia Forte purchase!
Compact cars represent a considerable portion of drivers' first vehicles. Beyond just being the car that got many of us behind the wheel for the first time, they're a sensible option that delivers the convenience and comfort of a larger sedan but in a more efficient, economical and city-sized package. For many automakers, the focus for compact car production is keeping costs low. For Kia, corners are never cut to achieve their high-value pricing.
Models like the 2018 Kia Forte exude sophistication, providing all the amenities of a larger sedan but in a smaller package. In this comparison, the stylish and elegant 2018 Kia Forte is going up against a class veteran, the Toyota Corolla. Now in its 11th generation, the Corolla's 60 years on the market have given it plenty of time to iterate. Can the relatively-younger Kia Forte match its small car heritage? Let's find out!
|2018 Kia Forte||VS||2018 Toyota Corolla|
|147 horsepower (LX) /201 horsepower (SX)||Base and Maximum engine power (higher is better)||132 horsepower (all trims)|
|37 highway / 29 city MPG||Base fuel efficiency (higher is better)||36 highway / 28 city MPG|
|16-speed (manual or auto)||Standard transmission||2-speed (CVT)|
|14.9 cubic feet||Trunk space (higher is better)||13 cubic feet|
|39.1 inches / 37.3 inches||Headroom (front/rear)||38.3 inches / 37.1 inches|
|Yes||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Compatibility||No|
|Yes – Top Safety Pick Plus (+)||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||No|
|Y$16,800 (LX)||Base MSRP||$18,600 (L)|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||3 years/36,000 miles|
The Toyota Corolla suffers from complacency. With its long history in the compact car segment, you would think the Corolla would have advanced further than it has, without the competition from the likes of the new Forte. When you compare the things that make or break compact sedans for most drivers, the 2018 Kia Forte truly impresses.
The foundation of the 2018 Kia Forte's many advantages over the Toyota Corolla starts with its engine. Generating greater horsepower than the Corolla's engine isn't a difficult feat to achieve, but besting its horsepower while getting better fuel economy, however, is impressive. The 2018 Kia Forte manages a superior ride regarding both passing confidence -- with its more power -- and the number of gas stations you can drive past -- with its better city and highway fuel economy. The Forte's choice of a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission gives you precise and satisfying shifts, while the 2018 Corolla's anemic and noisy CVT simply can't match the experience of driving a Forte.
Inside the Kia, the passenger space is extravagant, with more room being available for cargo in the 2018 Forte than the Corolla. Both drivers and passengers can enjoy the smartphone compatibility in the 2018 Kia Forte, which lets both iPhone and Android users connect their device to the Forte's infotainment system via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration, neither of which is offered on any trim level of the Corolla. Thanks to its lower MSRP and more extended warranty, you'll spend less on your Forte than you would on the Corolla, both at purchase and for maintenance.
The 2018 Kia Forte is simply tough to top. The facts don't lie; it handily outperforms its compact car competition in a number of key areas for less money and with greater peace of mind through its safety edge and more extensive factory warranty. For more information on the 2018 Kia Forte or to schedule a test drive, contact or visit us today!