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2017 Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla

2017 Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla

Few vehicles out there that combine incredible fuel economy with rich comfort and tech features - enter the 2017 Kia Forte and Toyota Corolla. Both have what you're looking for, getting you around town with style and fuel to spare. But which model has the meatiest chops? Read our comparison guide to learn more about these popular competitors.

2017 Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla

Safety

Unlike just about every other compact on the road, the Corolla provides high-tech driver aids as standard equipment. You don't have to pay extra for the forward collision warning system - vital technology that helps you avoid danger. Excellent crash-test scores will further put your mind at ease. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety even named the Corolla a 2017 Top Safety Pick+, meaning it earned the top score in every single test.

Like the Corolla, the 2017 Kia Forte earned a perfect five-star rating in government crash tests. The IIHS even gave the Forte's front crash prevention system a rare score of "Superior." The only difference is that you have to pay extra for the added benefits of the Forte's high-tech safety aids.

Interior Comfort

The Forte makes your comfort a priority. Its roomy, supportive front seats are the perfect place to spend your commute. You can even add luxury features to make your fuel-efficient compact feel a little more like one of those high-end nameplates. The Forte's leather upholstery is the real deal, soft and supple to the touch. We also like the front seat heaters, which put a modern spin on winter comfort.

Inside the Toyota Corolla, you'll find clean-cut style - including a sport-contoured steering wheel and a handsome metal trim - along with all the basics. Front seats are adequate, but, if you've got a long commute or a big road-trip wish list, the Forte feels comfier.

Technology

The Forte's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features make it the forerunner in this race. Use this technology to access apps like Phone, Maps, and even Pandora right from your central touchscreen. Kia's Uvo infotainment system is also easy to use - you'll get the hang of it in no time.

The Toyota Corolla's 7-inch high-res touchscreen is a boon in heavy traffic. You can alter infotainment settings while keeping most of your attention on the road in front of you. However, there's no Apple or Android connectivity, which may leave modern drivers feeling a little disconnected - or tempted to look down at their smartphones.

Performance

If it's speed and sportiness you crave, you'll feel at home with the Forte's turbocharged performance. Whether you're determined to get your brood to school on time or need to move through busy city grids on a daily basis, the Forte has the power you need to get the job done. It's also big on fuel economy, earning up to 29 city/38 highway mpg.

Fuel mileage is another one of the Corolla's high points. Depending on which powertrain you select, it earns up to 30/40 mpg. However, if it's speed you seek, you'll find more to like about the Forte. The Corolla doesn't offer turbocharged engine option, and its continuously variable transmission can be on the loud side.

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2017 Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla

Both compact models offer excellent standards in safety and moneysaving fuel efficiency, but the 2017 Kia Forte is the true prize. Inside, it doesn't feel anything like an economy car. Instead, you'll find high-quality materials - even supple leather--and a tech lineup will thrill even die-hard enthusiasts. Add to it the Forte's performance and you have a great vehicle and the all-around better choice.