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KIA FORTE VS CHEVY CRUZE

kia forte vs chevy cruze novi mi

If you're on the hunt for a compact sedan, the 2020 Kia Forte and the 2019 Chevy Cruze are probably on your radar. These models are two of the most popular in this class, but only one can come out on top.

 

In this comparison, we at Feldman Kia pit these two models against each other to help shoppers near Novi, Livonia, and Southfield choose the best one for their needs. Read ahead to see which model comes out ahead!


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KIA FORTE VS CHEVY CRUZE: PERFORMANCE SPECS

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There's a delicate balance between power and fuel economy. Many vehicles, like the Cruze, sacrifice one for the other. For example, this model's available turbodiesel engine offers up to an EPA-estimated 48 highway MPG, but that same engine gives you just 137 horsepower. Even with its turbocharged engine under the hood, you'll only get 153 horsepower to work with.

The same can't be said for the 2020 Kia Forte. This model somehow provides the best of both worlds with its available 1.6L turbocharged engine, which makes 195 lb-ft of torque and 201 horsepower. Plus, you'll get an EPA-estimated 27 city / 35 highway MPG.1


KIA FORTE VS CHEVY CRUZE: COMFORT & CONVENIENCE

Compact cars are ideal for commuters because of their efficiency. So, while you're driving to and from the office, you'll want to indulge in the best comfort features possible. The 2020 Kia Forte goes above and beyond the call of duty with available features like:

  • A 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats.

Compare these features to the premium offerings of the Cruze, which include an available eight-way driver's seat, single-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats. There are no ventilated seats to be heard of in the Cruze.

In terms of convenience, the Kia Forte also has a leg up on the Cruze when it comes to convenience with its available Smart Trunk™. Just stand behind the trunk with your Smart Key in hand, and it will open by itself! You won't find anything like this in the Cruze.

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KIA FORTE VS CHEVY CRUZE: ADVANCED SAFETY SYSTEMS

On top of being efficient and intuitive, the 2020 Kia Forte also excels in terms of safety. This model offers a wide range of advanced active safety features to help you prevent accidents, including:

  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

These features have proven so affective in helping drivers prevent collisions, this model has been given the 2020 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.2

The Chevy Cruze offers a few impressive active safety features like Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. But they don't do much for the overall safety of the vehicle, which the IIHS has rated as relatively poor. In fact, it scored Basic, the lowest possible rating, in the vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention category, and that's with its best optional features.


2020 KIA FORTE: THE ULTIMATE COMPACT CAR

As you can see, the 2020 Kia Forte puts the Cruze to shame with its dynamic performance specs, comfortable cabin, and state-of-the-art tech features. See for yourself by getting behind the wheel with us at Feldman Kia. Drivers near Novi, Livonia, and Southfield can schedule a test drive by giving us a call or using our online scheduling tool today!


1 EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition. These estimates reflect EPA's revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.

2 2020 Forte GT2 shown with optional features. Not all optional features available on all trims. Some features may vary.