Kia Forte vs Ford Focus


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The Kia Forte is the Value-Packed Compact Car That Competitors like the Ford Focus Strive to Be

Compact cars are amazing options for a wide variety of car shoppers as they are some of the most affordable on the market while remaining fun to drive and offering many of the best new car features. Well, if you're considering this category of vehicles, the Kia Forte is definitely a model you should look at. Packing value, style, and convenience, it's a leader among the class, and we've compared it with the Ford Focus to prove that!

The Kia Forte is not like other compact sedans, and that's most noticeable when you get behind the wheel of one. Its four-cylinder engine is the perfect recipe of capability and efficiency while the transmission options do a great job of delivering that power when accelerating or braking, and, throughout it all, the suspension and handling ensure comfort and control for the driver. See below about some of the other ways it beats out the Ford Focus for driving tasks around the Motor City!

The Kia Forte

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The Kia Forte vs. The Ford Focus

The new Kia Forte starts at just $17,690 while the Ford Focus starts at $17,950, but that is only the beginning of the value the Forte provides. It comes standard with many features, like dual-zone climate control and an 8-inch in-dash touchscreen, that only the priciest Ford Focus trims offer much less come standard with. Plus, the Kia Forte can get more miles per gallon on the highway or in the city.

Need space to store items like a hockey bag? The Kia Forte has more trunk space than the Ford Focus sedan, and Detroit passengers will find the cabin of the Forte has more space for them as well. The Kia Forte's advantage in space, and therefore comfort, really shows when looking at the width of the rear seat and the legroom for either row, which both deliver better dimensions than the Ford Focus does.
Unless you're talking about driving itself, the Kia Forte does not cut corners, and this is especially true of its safety suite. It comes standard with advanced driver-assist tech like forward collision warning and lane departure warning, which is not true of the Ford Focus, and the Kia Forte offers others, like Dynamic Bending Light, that the Focus doesn't.
Despite being a compact car, the Kia Forte offers a level of refinement in the cabin, thanks to materials like alloy pedals, soft-touch upper door panels, and two-tone leatherette seats, that the Ford Focus is unable to match.


Which Kia Forte Trim Level is Right for You?


As you can see, the Kia Forte stands out from the competition in a variety of ways, so if you know the compact car class is the right category for you, picking the ideal trim level of the Kia Forte is your next step. You'll find four trim levels at our dealership, but how do they differ?


Available with either the six-speed manual or intelligent continuously variable transmission (IVT), the base model has a lot of options, but it still comes standard with features like an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane-departure warning, dual-zone temp control, and solar control glass.


Coming standard with the IVT, the LXS trim also adds features, like Drive Mode Select, while other changes are mostly cosmetic as the chrome exhaust tip, 16-inch wheels, and gloss black exterior accents help you stand out from the crowd.


Upgrades to the infotainment system, like the addition of SiriusXM® Radio, as well as the exterior lights highlight the tech features of the Kia Forte, but passengers will also find convenient amenities like seat-back pockets and a rear-seat armrest with cupholders with this trim.


While the priciest trim, the EX still packs a lot of value as the affordable starting price combines with a variety of premium features and cabin materials. These range from leatherette seats with 10-way adjustment for the driver to heating and ventilation for those seats to rear A/C vents to a Smart Key with push-button start.


See All the New Kia Forte Options at Our Dealership in Novi, MI Today!


Just a half an hour from central Detroit, our car lot has plenty of great offers on it, from the Kia Forte to a range of used cars, so if you want to test drive one of our Kia models or see our offers in person, come on down to Feldman Kia today!