2018 Kia Forte Vs. 2018 Honda Civic

split screen showing 2018 kia forte and 2018 honda civic side by side

If there was an award an entire automotive class could get for “most improved,” it would go to the compact class. The class has changed significantly since its introduction decades ago, going from minimally-outfitted, rental-car-spec’d, tinny budget cars to small sedans that provide much of the luxurious features and conveniences of a flagship model in a more fuel-efficient and budget-friendly package. It’s no wonder that compact cars are a favorite go-to for teenagers and small families.

With the class having grown into one full of agile and stylish sedans and hatchbacks, competition has gotten fierce. Nearly every automotive manufacturer on the market has a model which shows their ability to pack big things into small packages. For Honda, it’s the class-veteran Civic. Challenging the 2018 Honda Civic is our very own 2018 Kia Forte. Let’s see which model provides the most value!

2018 Kia Forte


2018 Honda Civic

Yes – Top Safety Pick Plus (+) IIHS Top Safety Pick No
6-speed automatic with OD Transmission 2-speed CVT
37.3 inches Rear seat headroom 37.1 inches
13.2 gallons Fuel tank size 12.4 gallons
$16,800 (LX) / $21,700 (EX) MSRP (Base / Top) $18,840 (LX) / $26,700 (Touring)
5 years / 60,000 miles Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles

Kia Forte Advantages Vs. Honda Civic

The 2018 Kia Forte enjoys several advantages over the 2018 Honda Civic. The most apparent is the Forte’s incredible value. Content to sit at the higher end of the compact car pricing spectrum, the 2018 Honda Civic provides very little reason for drivers to make the switch. In fact, based on the above information, the 2018 Forte is the more compelling option of the two.

We say it a lot around her, but Kia gives you more for less. What more did you get with the 2018 Kia Forte over the 2018 Honda Civic? Let’s see:

More safety – The 2018 Kia Forte received the highest possible distinction from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which awarded it a Top Safety Pick +. The 2018 Honda Civic didn’t even make the list of Top Safety Pick winners, much less Top Safety Pick +.

More peace of mind – 2 years or 24,000 miles is a long time. That time/mileage is the difference between the 2018 Kia Forte and 2018 Honda Civic warranties. Almost twice as long, you’ll get to enjoy all the serenity that comes with warranty coverage on your 2018 Forte.

More miles – With its larger fuel tank, the 2018 Kia Forte will take you farther between fill-ups than the 2018 Honda Civic.

More control – The 2018 Kia Forte’s 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and Sportmatic® allows you to choose between a regular automatic transmission for easy driving or manual shifts for fun and engaging driving. The 2-speed CVT in the Civic is noisy and lacks the natural shift points we’re all used to.

More parkability – The 2018 Kia Forte benefits from the same wheelbase length as the Civic, but is nearly 3” shorter, making it easy to parallel park and get in and out of crowded urban spots.

As you can see, the 2018 Kia Forte gives you more! Whether you’re looking for the base trim level LX or the decadently-outfitted EX, you’ll find the Forte provides more value at every step. For more information on the 2018 Kia Forte or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!