2017 Kia Forte vs. 2016 Buick Verano

Compact cars have a very important purpose on the road. Not only do they save us more money on fuel than the average sedan or crossover does, they give us room to maneuver during our work commutes and on the way to the club at night. Like NFL Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders, their small size is a distinct advantage, not a drawback. So we'll start with the best of the best and see which is the better compact, with the 2017 Kia Forte vs. 2016 Buick Verano.

The 2017 Forte sports some new looks for 2017: For starters, its design is reminiscent of the 2016 Optima's broad stance and bold accents that won it a Red Dot Design Award for 2016. It also has a new trim level for 2017, S, with a sport-tuned suspension, rear spoiler and chrome exhaust tip which will win you a few street races if you desire. All this and more is yours starting at $11,470 with the Friendly Kia VIP price, while the 2016 Buick Verano starts at more than $18,000 with the competition, and with a vastly inferior fuel-efficiency: 21 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, while the 2017 Forte driver circles around it with 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway.

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2017 Kia Forte Vs. 2016 Buick Verano
$11,470 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $18,816 (The Competition)
29, 38 MPG (city, highway) 21, 32
2,811 to 3,029 Curb Weight Range (pounds) 3,420 to 3,550
96.2 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 95
10 years/100,000 miles Warranty Coverage - Limited Powertrain Six years/70,000 miles

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Just think about it: A brand-new 2017 Kia Forte is going for thousands less than the comparatively stale 2016 Buick Veranos that the competition has hanging out on the lot. And the 2017 Forte has some next-level tech that will blow your mind even as it fills your drive with comforts like available heated front seats and a ventilated driver's seat, like UVO eServices in S and EX trim levels, complete with a seven-inch touchscreen and easy access to streaming music apps, among other creature comforts.

Perhaps the most un-compact-like behavior the 2016 Verano exhibits is its size, as it tips the scales like a boxer that cannot make weight, at more than 3,400 pounds in base models. The 2017 Forte is footloose and fancy-free in comparison, with a lithe 2,800-pound base weight that will help you save on gas and make it easier to handle turns, especially now that the 2017 Forte has available Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) technology, which can "see" around corners.

So it comes down to whether you want an easy-handling, fuel-efficient compact that is less than $12,000 at Friendly Kia or a compact that is a less fuel-efficient beast that also has less room for passengers on the inside, at only 95 cubic feet to the 2017 Forte's 96.2. We trust you'll be looking for the 2017 Forte, and we'd love to see you at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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