Forget everything you think you know about compact cars, the Kia Forte throws all the conventional, minimum-viable-product philosophy to the wind and delivers a car that is sharply-tuned for fun, practicality and safety. Unlike competing models in this significant class, the Kia Forte doesn’t just deliver specs and features, however, the Forte is built from the ground up to provide the rarest of luxuries in this class – style.
Today, we’re comparing the 2018 Kia Forte to another class entry that is storied and full of history – the Ford Focus. Both the Forte and the Focus are elevated among their competition for their unique styling. The Forte, adopting a European-inspired sophistication and the Focus, sharing its design language with its midsize sibling the Ford Fusion. Pay close attention to these vehicles and the value each one provides and look out for opportunities to surprise and impress by either.
2018 Kia Forte
2018 Ford Focus
|Yes – Kia Forte5||Hatchback available?||Yes – Ford Focus Hatchback|
|201 horsepower||Maximum available horsepower||160 horsepower|
|6-speed manual||Base transmission||5-speed manual|
|106.3 inches||Wheelbase (longer = smoother ride)||104.3 inches|
|Yes – Top Safety Pick +||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||No|
|42.2 inches / 35.9 inches||Legroom (front row / second)||41.9 inches / 33.2 inches|
|39.1 inches||Front headroom||38.1 inches|
|14.9 cubic feet||Trunk volume for cargo||13.2 cubic feet|
|4-wheel disc brakes||Brakes||Front disc/rear drum|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|$12,120 – Best Friendly KIA VIP pricing *||Starts at||$17,950|
Looking at the above chart, you’d be forgiven for assuming the Kia Forte was a midsize sedan. Not only is it more luxuriously-equipped than the 2018 Ford Focus, but it has a lot more passenger space, cargo room and a longer wheelbase – all working to ensure the most comfortable ride possible.
We’ll be honest, comfort sadly isn’t something that compact sedan drivers are used to experiencing, yet it’s seemingly one of the major design and engineering focuses on the 2018 Kia Forte. While the 2018 Ford Focus does an excellent job of serving as a standout example in the compact car class, the Forte is something else entirely and beats it hands-down in every metric.
If you want to go further between fill-ups, the Forte’s larger fuel tank and efficient engine will help you do it. If you want more horsepower and thrill, the Forte5’s available turbocharged engine delivers it via 201 horsepower. The interior of both cars is big, but the Forte is significantly more comfortable, giving rear seat passengers more than two inches of extra legroom.
Thoughtful touches are the name of the game for Kia who forego drum brakes to give all four wheels the style and dependability of disc brakes. Finally, the Forte’s longer warranty will keep you covered longer ensuring maximum peace of mind.
With these enumerated advantages for the 2018 Kia Forte, you’d be forgiven for assuming it’s more expensive, but it’s not. Even its MSRP is over $1,000 less than that of the 2018 Ford Focus. Additionally, Friendly Kia has Tampa Bay’s lowest prices and, with our VIP pricing, you’ll save even more.
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*Pricing is as of date of publication and not date of access. Pricing is at final discretion of Friendly Kia and subject to change without notice. For current pricing, view our inventory page or contact us.