Although the economy and compact car segments used to be somewhat of a “race to the bottom,” the modern segment is working to dodge the meteoric rise of the crossover by offering something unique – an agile and nimble ride that is fuel-efficient and full of urban-friendly tech. This campaign and push began with the Kia Forte – a compact car with full-size ambitions. Ever since its introduction, the Forte has challenged and led the segment, inviting drivers, new and old alike, to expect more from a small vehicle.
As a value leader in the mass-market, Kia has undoubtedly attributed the Forte’s success to its uncompromising approach and willingness to offer more for less. Today, we’re comparing the 2020 Kia Forte to another brand that hangs its hat on its value rating. Let’s see how the 2019 Nissan Sentra does up against the 2020 Kia Forte.
2020 Kia Forte
2019 Nissan Sentra
|2.0-liter 4-cylinder (147 horsepower)||Base engine (horsepower)||1.8-liter 4-cylinder (124 horsepower)|
|34 combined MPG||Base fuel economy||30 combined MPG|
|2020 Kia Forte GT (201 horsepower)||Performance variant (horsepower)||2019 Nissan Sentra NISMO (188 horsepower)|
|Yes||Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration?||No|
|15.3 cubic feet||Cargo space||15.1 cubic feet|
|Top Safety Pick + (2019)||IIHS safety rating||Not recommended by IIHS|
|Standard||Active safety features||Available|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|$17,790||MSRP starts at||$17,890|
If you’re shopping between the Kia Forte and Nissan Sentra, chances are you’re looking for a great, small vehicle with a ton of features and a great price. For Kia, this is accomplished in the 2020 Kia Forte with flying colors.
The 2020 Kia Forte, after all, offers several standard features like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, Kia Drive Wise active safety features and a 147-horsepower base engine that still manages over 30 combined MPG by EPA estimates.
Compared with the Nissan Sentra, this places the Kia Forte well above the compact sedan segment and shows that it has even higher ambitions that competing with value-driven competitors in its field.
At Friendly Kia, we have the region’s largest inventory of new 2020 Kia Forte models. We’re also the only Kia dealership in Tampa Bay to have been welcomed into the Kia Motors America President’s Club for 2019 thanks to our outstanding record of driver satisfaction. For more information on the 2020 Kia Forte or to schedule a test drive with the agile and small car, contact us today!