When it comes to shopping for compact sedans, many buyers feel like they’re on the outside looking in. Sure, you get better efficiency, parkability and often handling, but it’s also a segment that commonly misses out on the best features a manufacturer has to offer. When you get to the higher trim levels of compact sedans, you’re often in the price range of a decently-equipped midsize sedan.
Two models which throw this paradigm to the wind are the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Subaru Impreza. Both Kia and Subaru have introduced these models as city car versions of their larger siblings. For Kia, the Forte maintains many of the key features and amenities of the larger Optima midsize sedan. For Subaru, the Impreza is one of the smallest vehicles on the market to feature all-wheel drive. Let’s see how the two measure up!
2018 Kia Forte
2018 Subaru Impreza
|29 miles/gallon||City MPG (Higher is Better)||24 miles/gallon|
|37 miles/gallon||Highway MPG (Higher is Better)||32 miles/gallon|
|106.3 inches||Wheelbase (Higher is Better)||105.1 inches|
|14.9 cubic-feet||Trunk Volume (Higher is Better)||12.3 cubic-feet|
|5-year/60,000-mile||Basic Warranty (Higher is Better)||3-year/36,000-mile|
While the 2018 Subaru Impreza uniquely offers all-wheel drive, it seems to slot right into its weight class for offerings on the horsepower and cargo capacity front. Meanwhile, the 2018 Kia Forte punches well above its weight by offering premium experiences throughout.
Equipped with a robust 147-horsepower engine, the 2018 Kia Forte doesn’t sell its get-up-and-go to buy efficiency “Gift of the Magi” style. Instead, it raises the bar for what drivers everywhere can and should expect in a compact car. UVO eServices are offered at all three trim levels. With a 7-inch touchscreen and streaming music apps, the 2018 Kia Forte makes any drive enjoyable. Even better, the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, means you’ll enjoy a seamless experience switching between your smartphone and your car without the distraction of trying to manage both.
Safety is top priority in the 2018 Kia Forte, with driver assistance technology like Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist standard at higher trim levels. Similar features remain expensive optional additions for the 2018 Subaru Impreza.
At Friendly Kia, we have a large selection of colors and trim levels for the 2018 Kia Forte, letting you pick and choose the features that are most important to you. Stop by today for a test-drive. We’ll help you find the compact car whose ambitions are anything but.
The Kia Forte is a paragon of small car engineering. It features a huge amount of technology and convenience upgrades at a budget-friendly price. Additionally, its high fuel economy and surprisingly refined interior and exterior design make it closer to competing with midsize sedans rather than small ones like the Impreza. Find out more of the great improvements Kia has made to their 2018 Kia Forte in our blog!