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2018 Kia Forte Vs. 2018 Toyota Corolla

split screen photo showing difference between 2018 kia forte and 2018 toyota corolla

Compact cars haven’t always been the competent and technology-packed urban vehicles they are today. Years ago, compact cars sold primarily on their budget-friendly price tags and often had omissions which modern safety regulations no longer permit. These days, compact cars are simply a smaller alternative to the popular midsize sedan or wagon classes, offering increased efficiency, more parkable sizes and energetic, urban style. They are still a preferred class for budget-minded shoppers, but are safer and have more standard features than ever before.

Kia’s compact, the Forte, is a dynamic and stylish small sedan/hatchback that is imbued with European design cues. Challenging the Forte is the class veteran Corolla which sees Toyota shrink many of the appealing aspects of their hallmark model Camry and offer them in a smaller and less-expensive package, but does it offer as many features as the Forte? How does its price and versatility compare? Let’s see!

2018 Kia Forte


2018 Toyota Corolla

147 horsepower / 147 horsepower Base engine power (sedan / hatchback) 132 horsepower / 137 horsepower
201 horsepower (Forte5 SX) Maximum available engine power 137 horsepower (Corolla iM Base)
29 MPG / 37 MPG Base fuel economy (city / hwy) 28 MPG / 36 MPG
39.1 inches / 37.3 inches Headroom – sedan (front / rear) 38.3 inches / 37.1 inches
Yes Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatible? No
14.9 cubic feet Sedan trunk space 13 cubic feet
23.2 cubic feet Hatchback cargo volume 20.8 cubic feet
5 years / 60,000 miles Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles
$16,800 (LX) / $21,700 (EX) MSRP - sedan (base / top trim) $18,600 (L) / $22,780 (XSE)

Kia Forte Advantages Vs. Toyota Corolla

The 2018 Toyota Corolla is proof that sometimes the most storied among us can take our foot off the gas and fall into relying on name power to compete, rather than offerings. When it comes to the metrics that are most important to drivers who choose compact cars, 2018 Kia Forte’s advantages over the Corolla are significant.

Efficiency, interior space and features are just a few of the advantages enjoyed by the Kia Forte over the Corolla. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which use your phone’s operating system to project your data and apps into your car’s easily-controlled and less-distracting infotainment system are available on trims of the Forte and not present on any 2018 Toyota Corolla.

Additionally, fuel economy for both city and highway are improved on the Forte over the Corolla, which paradoxically provides less horsepower as well, meaning passing and acceleration to highway speeds is more sluggish. The confident passing of the base model Forte can become even better with the upgraded engines, the sedan’s upgraded engine sees 164 horsepower, while the Forte5 hatchback’s turbocharged engine energizes your Forte with over 200 horsepower.

Both the sedan and Forte5 hatchback models offer more interior space for passengers and cargo.

Finally, although price isn’t the top consideration the price tag on the 2018 Kia Forte is more attractive than that of the Corolla as is the standard warranty coverage, which sees the Forte and Forte5 get 2 years and 24,000 miles of additional coverage over the 2018 Toyota Corolla.

When it comes down to comparing the two, the Toyota Corolla has the benefit of being one of the longest compact cars in the United States market, unfortunately it can’t compete with the 2018 Kia Forte’s included features, fuel economy, interior space, price, warranty or standard and available horsepower.

For more information on the 2018 Kia Forte or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!