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2017 Kia Forte vs Ford Focus

2017 Kia Forte vs Honda Civic

Sporty cars under 20K--can they really deliver on the promises they make? Performance? Economy? Comfort?The 2017 Kia Forte and Ford Focus are two of the best compact cars on the market, offering drivers the best of all possible worlds. Which one is right for you? Take a look at our comparison guide to find out.

2017 Kia Forte vs Ford Focus

Comfort

The Forte's cabin shocks anyone who judges a book by its cover, because of its impressive size. Generous head and leg room combines with soft and supportive cushioning to create a comfortable ride for hours on end. Despite its small car price tag, luxuries like leather upholstery and heated front seats are available even in the mid-grade trims with the Kia Forte. The Forte impresses all around in terms of comfort.

The Ford Focus also offers a supremely smooth and comfortable ride. Both of these vehicles clearly deserve to be on the list of best compact cars. What sets the Forte apart, though, is its luxury options at a cheaper price. In the Ford Focus, if you want a more upscale ride, you have to purchase the top-trim Focus Titanium. The Forte also offers enough backseat space for your tall passengers, while they'll find a tight fit in the Focus backseat.

Technology and Infotainment

The Forte's tech lineup is one of the best in the segment. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which provide easy-to-use smartphone integration, like hands-free texting. You can even interact with smartphone apps, like Google Maps, directly on the Forte's central touchscreen. With intuitive menus and large buttons, the 2017 Forte's touchscreen is easy to use.

The Ford Focus also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it easy for smartphone addicts to stay safe while staying connected to work or home. You might miss the Forte's telematics system, however, which boosts safety with features like on-demand roadside assistance and isn't available with the Focus.

Safety

The 2017 Kia Forte really shines in this category. In government crash tests, it earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. It also earned praise from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, where its front crash prevention system earned a rare score of "Superior." This technology can actually apply the brakes on its own, lessening the effects of a crash.

The Ford Focus also did well in government crash tests, earning top marks for overall crash protection. When you opt for the top-trim Titanium, you can add advanced features like blind-spot alert, which creates a safer highway ride. However, the Focus doesn't offer some advanced driver aids, such as forward collision alert.

Fuel Economy

At the pump, the Focus puts your money to good use. Depending on powertrain, it earns up to 30 city/40 highway mpg. In addition, turbocharged options combine massive fuel economy with capable acceleration, keeping up to speed.

The Forte earns up to 29/38 mpg - following closely in the Focus's fuel-efficient footsteps. This sporty car also supplies a capable performance, and its predictability around corners is bound to inspire driver confidence.

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2017 Kia Forte vs Honda Civic

In this affordable segment, the 2017 Kia Forte is a rare gem that offers the total package to buyers. The Forte offers options that competitors skip completely in small cars, like high-tech safety aids and well-priced luxury options, and a fuel-efficient comfortable ride. It's hard to beat this car, which should be at the top of your compact cars list.