If you haven’t been paying attention to the compact sedan class, holy moly have things gotten stylish and sporty in that class. Having spent its market-life, until recently, as the preferred option for budget-minded first-car-owners and urban drivers who want small and nimble in their vehicle, the compact sedan class has exploded into its own. These days, offerings within this class often provide equal or better performance as their larger mid-size lineup mates.
With younger drivers being a target of compact car manufacturers, they’re also full of technology in above-average quantities, making them some of the smartest vehicles on the road today. Today, we’re comparing the forthcoming 2019 Kia Forte to the 2019 Toyota Corolla. Carrying signature design elements from the Kia Stinger, the 2019 Forte looks way better than it needs to in this class. How does Toyota’s totem model stack up against it? Let’s see!
2019 Kia Forte
2019 Toyota Corolla
|2.0L MPI 4-cylinder||Standard engine||1.8L 4-cylinder|
|147 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm||Standard horsepower||132 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm|
|35 combined MPG – projected||Combined MPG||34 combined MPG – maximum|
|39.3 inches/37.5 inches||Headroom (front row/rear)||38.3 inches/37.1 inches|
|8 inches||Standard infotainment screen||6 inches|
|Standard/Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Available/Not available|
|15.1 cubic feet||Trunk space||13.0 cubic feet|
|Yes||2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick leader?||No|
|Yes – four years running||2018 JD Power mass-market initial quality leader?||No|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
Bringing the alluring and sporty design of the Kia Stinger to the compact car class, Kia has managed to do more than just offer a stylish small car. Kia has filled it with personality, letting drivers take advantage of standard class-leading infotainment, a ton of cargo space and a comfortable ride that manages to get-up-and-go without costing you at the pump.
However, some of the best advantages the 2019 Kia Forte enjoys over the 2019 Toyota Corolla aren’t ones you can see. Kia is both the 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick most awarded brand and leaders of the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study among mass market brands. So, the 2019 Kia Forte is stylish, fast, fuel efficient, roomy, safe and reliable. What else could it be?
How about confident? With Kia standing behind their product for nearly twice as long as Toyota, you know that in the event of anything happening, you own a vehicle that is securely covered by an industry-leading warranty.
Contact us today to reserve or test-drive the 2019 Kia Forte!