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2018 Kia Forte Vs. 2018 Ford Focus

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Compact cars aren’t the spartan econoboxes they used to be. Initially arising to fill a pricing gap in the market for budget cars, compact cars have grown into their own now offering drivers and passenger comfort and convenience technology that rivals their midsize lineup mates in a more agile and fuel-efficient package. The style has also been upgraded on modern compact cars, showcasing sporty design elements and signature elements from the various manufacturers.

One of the leaders in this transition, the Kia Forte has sought to deliver European-influenced design and loads of interior tech to drivers looking for big things in a small package. The Forte’s exterior and interior styling aren’t the only thing aspects that set it apart, as you will see in our comparison with the class-veteran Ford Focus.

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2018 Kia Forte Vs. 2018 Ford Focus
Yes – Kia Forte5 Hatchback available? Yes
201 horsepower Maximum horsepower 160 horsepower
6-speed automatic with Sportmatic® Standard transmission 5-speed manual
29 miles per gallon standard City MPG 26 miles per gallon standard
Available Base model cruise control Not available
106.3 inches Wheelbase (longer = better) 104.3 inches
17.4 feet Turning radius (lower = better) 18.0 feet
14.9 cubic feet Sedan trunk space 13.2 cubic feet
39.1 inches / 37.3 inches Headroom (front / second) 39.1 inches / 38 inches
42.2 inches / 35.9 inches Legroom (front / second) 41.9 inches / 33.2 inches
5 years / 60,000 miles Limited warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles
Yes – Top Safety Pick Plus (+) IIHS distinction? Not recommended
$15,850 – Kia of Muncie Internet Price* Starts at $17,950

Kia Forte Advantages Vs. Ford Focus

The Forte enjoys more than a few advantages over the Focus. Beginning with price, the Forte already proves itself to be the more valuable vehicle in terms of budget-friendliness. As we mentioned earlier, though, the Forte isn’t a compact that believes in just being cheaper. It provides value throughout every square inch of its surprisingly-rich interior.

With the 2018 Kia Forte, you get more miles per gallon and more agility courtesy of its tighter turning circle. You can carry more stuff in the Forte’s larger trunk and enjoy all the media on your iPhone or Android smartphone courtesy of the Forte’s UVO3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Beyond simply the value of paying less for more features and better specs, you’ll enjoy the added peace of mind that comes with a longer warranty – 2 years or 24,000 miles longer for bumper-to-bumper coverage and twice as long for engine/powertrain. You’ll also get the added peace of mind that comes from owning a vehicle recommended by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) with their top distinction – a Top Safety Pick +. The Focus didn’t make this prestigious list of recommendations.

Kia of Muncie has the 2018 Kia Forte in plenty of configurations, colors and options. We’re your preferred Kia dealer in East Central Indiana and will help you find a compact car that feels and acts much bigger than it is. For more information on the 2018 Kia Forte or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!


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*Kia of Muncie Internet Price is as of date of publication and not date of access. Pricing is subject to change without notice and at final discretion of Kia of Muncie. For current pricing, contact Kia of Muncie or visit current inventory pages.