It’s a bit of an understatement to say that compact cars have come a long way. After all, only 20 years ago, many of these models lacked standard anti-lock brakes, cruise control and even air conditioning. In 2018 and 2019, however, compact cars have grown into a segment whose members prioritize fuel efficiency, handling, parkability, technology and affordability. They’re no longer vehicles drivers are stuck having to buy because of their budget, but a choice that many drivers make consciously prizing their shared values.
The Kia Forte has been a major part of this shift in the way both drivers and manufacturers think about this small segment. The Forte has always striven for more than competing models. For 2019, the Forte trades its understated European flair for a more aggressive and exciting design, heavily inspired by the Kia Stinger. Inside, it’s a technology playhouse. Today, we’re matching up the Kia Forte with the Ford Focus.
2019 Kia Forte
2018 Ford Focus
|31/40/35 MPG (IVT)||Base MPG (city/highway/combined)||26/38/31 MPG|
|8-inch touchscreen||Standard infotainment||4.2-inch color LCD screen|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Available|
|Standard||Active safety features||Not available|
|Standard||Automatic climate control||Available|
|42.2 inches/35.7 inches||Legroom (front/rear)||41.9 inches/33.2 inches|
|15.3 cubic feet||Trunk space||13.2 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|$15,810 – Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing*||Starts at||$17,950|
With the Forte’s latest iteration, the engineers and designers have seemingly started with a question. That question: Why do drivers choose compact cars? Building their design and engineering briefs around the answers to these questions, Kia has produced a car that blows past the class mainstay Ford Focus on every single metric for which a driver may weigh their options.
Those seeking fuel efficiency don’t have to sacrifice power to get it. While the Focus’ standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine delivers an underwhelming 31 combined MPG, even if its anemic 123-horsepower, 3-cylinder engine can’t beat the standard MPG from the Kia Forte’s 2.0L base model.
Interior comfort and convenience are another area the 2019 Kia Forte excels. Even in its base trim, the 2019 Kia Forte offers features like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, a rich, 8-inch touchscreen, automatic climate control and active safety features. Many mid-size sedan models don’t even include these features.
For interior space, the 2019 Kia Forte is bigger on every front. It has more leg room, a longer wheelbase and more cargo space. Still, you won’t pay for this with a heavier weight. The Forte’s lighter curb weight makes it more fun and quicker to 60 MPH from a dead stop.
Finally, as the mass-market winners of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, Kia have become totems of reliability. Beyond simply being a reliable vehicle, however, the 2019 Kia Forte is backed by Kia’s industry-best 10-year/100,000-mile engine warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. For more information on the 2019 Kia forte or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!
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