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How the Kia Forte Became a Better Civic Than the Civic

Kia Forte Vs. Honda Civic

We’ve spoken extensively on this blog about how Kia has leveraged their historical position in the North American market (strictly value) to surprise drivers by adding style, features and specs that rival far more expensive vehicles. This change has been gradual in its build, but pretty sudden in its execution.

The modern Kia brand produces vehicles that subjectively look better and are objectively better values than even the most storied and historic competitors. One of those brands has a car with which their name is nearly synonymous. We’re talking about one of the best-selling cars ever – the Honda Civic.

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Here’s why the Forte, and not the Civic, is now the emblematic model of the compact car class.

1. The Kia Forte Has Timeless and Enduring Style

The recently-retired 2018 Kia Forte had a refined and subdued European-inspired style. The 2019 Kia Forte substitutes some of that composure for stunning sports car design elements. While Honda’s Civic is funkier than ever, the sophistication around which the most recent two generations of the Kia Forte were built is sure to outlast the jagged Civic.

Take a look:

2018 Kia Forte in silver

2018 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte in Red parked

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Honda civic in Red driving on street

2019 Honda Civic

2. The Kia Forte is More Fuel Efficient

When the Honda Civic was introduced, it was done so to help combat the gas crisis by offering a fuel-efficient small car with zero flourish. Kia similarly introduced the Forte to bring their signature value to the compact car class.

In their most recent incarnations, the Kia Forte beats the Honda Civic’s fuel-efficiency scores, seeing drivers get up to 41 highway MPG with the IVT contrasted with the Civic’s 36 highway MPG. With the 2019 Kia Forte, you’ll be filling up less often and enjoy more miles and smiles per gallon.

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3. The Kia Forte Provides More Value

Introduced in the mid-1970s, the earliest Honda Civic staked its success on providing an inexpensive vehicle that could competently get drivers from point A to point B. For Kia, value means more than simply being inexpensive, however. The 2019 Kia Forte has several standard features that the 2019 Honda Civic just doesn’t.

Among them are standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, standard dual-zone automatic climate control and standard active safety features. While the Honda Civic provides standard Honda Sensing® active safety, its base model doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration or automatic climate control.

4. The Kia Forte is More Reliable

We’re just waiting for a legion of automotive journalists to burst through our windows and haul us off to a secret underground prison somewhere, but it’s true. Last year, J.D. Power awarded Kia, not Honda, as the top mass-market brand in their annual dependability study. We expect similar results this year.

Even more convincingly, Kia stands behind the 2019 Kia Forte longer than Honda does with the 2019 Honda Civic. The 2019 Kia Forte is backed by an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. The Civic gives you about half of that at 5 years or 60,000 miles on powertrain and 3 years or 36,000 miles on bumper-to-bumper coverage.

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Looking at the above, it becomes easy to see why we’re confident that 20 years from now the Forte will be synonymous with exceptional compact cars. Honda walked so the Forte could run and run it has.

In fact, it’s likely to run further between fill-ups and further with a longer warranty than the 2019 Honda Civic will.

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