The 2017 Kia Forte received a redesign, an all-new trim option, and upgrades to its technology that set it apart from the pack in the compact car class. Which is to say the 2017 Nissan Sentra, another fellow compact, is in for stiff competition. Let's set them side-by-side to see which has the features and value that you need. Now that we're on the topic of value, consider this: When you drive off the lot, the 2017 Forte can save you nearly $7,000 with our VIP Price at Friendly Kia, as it can be yours for around $11,000, while our competition is asking for nearly $19,000 for the 2017 Sentra.
Let's look under the hood, as the 2017 Forte starts out with 147 horsepower in its base trim, as well as averaging 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. Those are nice figures for a compact, especially one with a design that resembles its larger sibling, the Kia Optima (which has won awards for design). Conversely, the 2017 Sentra starts out at a meager 130 horsepower in its base trim, to go along with 27 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, for a downgrade in both the fuel efficiency and performance categories.
|2017 Kia Forte||Vs.||2017 Nissan Sentra|
|$10,920 (Friendly Kia VIP)||Price||$18,855 (The Competition)|
|29, 38||Base MPG (city, hwy)||27, 35|
|Yes||NHTSA 5-Star Overall Crash Safety Rating?||No|
|10 years or 100,000 miles||Warranty Coverage: Limited Powertrain||5 years or 60,000 miles|
|5 years or 60,000 miles||Warranty Coverage: Bumper-to-Bumper||3 years or 36,000 miles|
The 2017 Forte's all-new trim option, the S, also has 147 horsepower but comes with design tweaks like a rear spoiler and chrome exhaust tip, plus sport-tuned suspension. And the S and the top-line EX trim come with a 7-inch touchscreen and Kia's exclusive UVO3 eServices, with 8GB for music storage, and the ability to sync your smartphone with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among other features. The 2017 Sentra just doesn't measure up, tech-wise, with its 5.8-inch screen and tech which includes neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto.
Whatever you need – tech options, sporty design, performance or a low price, the 2017 Forte is the superior ride. We'd love to set you up with a test ride for the 2017 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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