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2018 Kia Forte vs Ford Focus

Kia's reputation for impressive vehicles and even more impressive styling continues to improve, making some of their best-known models, like the 2018 Kia Forte, the top of many buyers' wishlists. But how do they do against some of the biggest names in the auto industry? Let's see, as we compare the Forte to the Ford Focus.

2018 Kia Forte vs Ford Focus

Which Vehicle Looks Better on the Road?: Kia Forte

 

The Forte has always been one of the most attractive models in this compact segment, and last year's refresh helped it stay at the front of the pack. The new headlights and redesigned front end are fresh and modern. The arched profile and elongated roofline deliver a sporty look that's honestly hard to dislike.

The 2018 Focus is a design that's been around since 2012, with its last refresh three years ago. The Focus can be a very attractive design, but only in certain models. The hatchback and ST versions are beautiful, but the base versions of the sedan are the automotive equivalent of a wallflower. If you're looking for consistently sporty looks on the road and on your driveway, the Kia Forte is your best bet.

 

How Comfortable Are They?: Kia Forte

 

Rear passenger space is in short supply in the Kia Forte, but since it's a compact car that's probably a complaint you'd level at nearly any of its competitors as well. In short: you can't be mad at the Forte for being the Forte. The plus size? The Forte more than makes up for what it lacks in rear passenger space in useful cargo storage space, which may actually serve you better in your day-to-day routine. You'll also love the overall design and quality in the cabin, which is way more upscale than you might expect from a car that's this easy on the budget.

Drivers will probably really like the interior of the Ford--it's stylish and designed well. Unfortunately, it's also more cramped than the Kia's cabin. You'll get nearly 3 inches less leg room in the rear seat and less in the front as well. If you take a look at the numbers, those differences make sense--the Ford Focus has nearly 6 inches less total passenger space than the Kia Forte. Compact or not, you still want the most space for the money--and that comes from the Kia Forte.

 

Which Car is Safer?: Kia Forte

 

Nearly every vehicle on the market has to make safety a priority, and Kia is no exception. The only blot on the Forte's impressive safety credentials is the lack of a standard rearview camera in the base models. Other than that, it's hard to argue with a five-star rating from the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS.

Safety is an area where the Focus is starting to show its age, simply because a six-year old design can't compete as well with more modern versions. The Focus does offer a a five-star NHTSA rating and Top Safety Pick rating, but it missed the + designation.

 

How Do They Perform?: Ford Focus

 

The 2018 Kia Forte offers buyers two different 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. The first engine option is the standard 147 horsepower unit, available with manual and automatic transmissions. The optional engine is a new design, which gives you a direct-injected 164 horsepower to play with.

You'll get a lot more choice, power, and performance from the Focus, with even the standard 2.0-liter inline-four developing 160 horsepower. But if you want to get really serious, the 240 horsepower ST and the crazy 350 horsepower of the Focus RS have no rival in the Forte lineup.

 

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If power and performance is your jam, the 2018 Kia Forte has no answer to the Ford Focus, especially in its ST and RS forms. But for the overwhelming majority of compact sedan and hatch buyers, who are looking for a great all-around car, the Forte is better, more affordable, and our winner here.

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