Compact cars represent a huge portion of drivers’ first vehicles. Beyond just being the car that got many of us behind the wheel for the first time, they’re a sensible option that deliver the comfort and convenience of a larger sedan in a more efficient, economical and urban-ready package. For many manufacturers, the focus is on cutting costs. For Kia, corners are never cut to achieve their high-value pricing.
Models like the 2018 Kia Forte exude sophistication, providing all the amenities of a larger sedan in a smaller package. In this comparison, the stylish and elegant 2018 Kia Forte is going up against the class veteran Toyota Corolla. In its 11th generation, the Corolla’s 60 years on the market have given it plenty of time to iterate. Can the relatively-younger Kia Forte match its small car heritage? Let’s find out!
2018 Kia Forte
2018 Toyota Corolla
|147 horsepower (LX) /201 horsepower (SX)||Base and Maximum engine power (higher is better)||132 horsepower (all trims)|
|37 highway / 29 city MPG||Base fuel efficiency (higher is better)||36 highway / 28 city MPG|
|6-speed (manual or auto)||Standard transmission||2-speed (CVT)|
|14.9 cubic feet||Trunk space (higher is better)||13 cubic feet|
|39.1 inches / 37.3 inches||Headroom (front/rear)||38.3 inches / 37.1 inches|
|Yes||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Compatibility||No|
|Yes – Top Safety Pick Plus (+)||IIHS Top Safety Pick?||No|
|$16,800 (LX)||Base MSRP||$18,600 (L)|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||3 years/36,000 miles|
The Toyota Corolla suffers from the same problems a lot of people do – doing something for so long that you stop paying attention to how sharp your “cutting edge” is anymore. When you compare the things that make or break compact sedans for most drivers, the 2018 Kia Forte is far and away a better vehicle.
The foundation of the 2018 Kia Forte’s advantages over the Corolla is its engine. Getting more horsepower than the Corolla’s engine isn’t a difficult feat to achieve. Besting its horsepower while getting better fuel economy, however, is commendable.
Even with a higher profile (more headroom), the 2018 Kia Forte manages a superior ride in terms of both passing confidence (more power) and gas stations driven past (better city/highway fuel economy). The Forte’s 6-speed automatic or manual transmission gives you precise and satisfying shifts. The 2018 Corolla can’t match the experience of driving a Forte with an anemic and noisy 2-speed CVT.
Inside, the passenger space is extravagant, with more room being available for cargo in the 2018 Kia Forte than the Corolla. Drivers and passengers will enjoy the smartphone compatibility in the 2018 Kia Forte, which lets both iPhone and Android users connect their device to the Forte’s infotainment system through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, neither of which is available at any trim level on the Corolla.
Value is another area in which the Forte outclasses the Corolla. A lower MSRP and longer warranty mean you’ll spend less on your Forte than you would on the Corolla, both at purchase and for maintenance.
The 2018 Kia Forte just can’t be beaten. It’s the best compact car we’ve ever seen. The facts don’t lie, it handily outmaneuvers, outperforms and out-entertains the 2018 Corolla for less money and with more peace of mind through its safety edge and longer warranty. For more information on the 2018 Kia Forte or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!