2017 Kia Forte vs. 2017 Honda Civic

Compact cars are fun cars. How many times have you taken the wheel in a full-sized SUV and marveled at how it handles the turns and glides through side streets like a kid on a Slip 'N Slide? No, us neither. But when you take a seat in a compact car like the 2017 Kia Forte or the 2017 Honda Civic, you have a vehicle that is a smooth operator, one which saves you money on gas and which also provides a fun driving experience. We'll compare their features to find the better compact.

The Honda Civic is one the best-selling cars in the country, and it's no surprise with its fuel economy and solid history. However, the 2017 Kia Forte is the next step in the evolution for this still-young vehicle, with a redesign that outclasses the Civic's sharp, rigid look. The Forte's smooth linework and playful features like the "Tiger Nose" front fascia, as well as playful touches like an available rear spoiler on the S trim level set it apart. Plus, the 2017 Forte has plentiful driver-assist and safety features that make it the better of the two compacts.

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2017 Kia Forte Vs. 2017 Honda Civic
$10,920 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price $20,375 (The Competition)
Yes Ventilated Front Seats Available? No
Yes Autonomous Emergency Braking Available? No
Yes Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Available? No
Yes NHTSA 5-Star Overall Crash Safety Rating? Yes
34.8 Curb-to-Curb Turning Circle (feet) 35.7
10-yr/100k-miles limited powertrain; 5-yr/60k-miles bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 5-yr/60k-miles limited powertrain; 3-yr/36k-mile bumper-to-bumper

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Let's take the 2017 Kia Forte's available Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, which the 2017 Honda Civic does not come with; thanks to sensors in your rear bumper, your Forte will spot vehicles crossing and let you know with warning sounds and a light in your rear view mirror. Or the 2017 Forte's available Autonomous Emergency Braking feature, which detects people or things which jump in front of you and slams the brakes if you aren’t able. This is a nice feature for driving in busy neighborhoods, or packed city streets, and it's another feature which the 2017 Civic does not have.

Did we mention the 2017 Kia Forte is available for around $11,000 with the Friendly Kia VIP Price, while the 2017 Honda Civic is more than $20,000 at our competition? We thought that would turn some heads, but while the Forte is more affordable, its superiority is about the total package – design, features and price - and we'd love to set you up with a test ride of a Kia Forte 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 Brooksville, 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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