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2018 Kia Forte vs Nissan Versa

2018 Kia Forte vs Nissan Versa

The 2018 Kia Forte and the Nissan Versa are both vehicles that appeal to the budget-focused buyers who want the best bang for their buck. Of these two, the Kia has the higher price tag--but is the Forte worth it? Let's compare the two and see the differences.

2018 Kia Forte vs Nissan Versa

Interior Space: Kia Forte

 

Even if a car is considered relatively affordable, it still has to do the job that buyers need it to do. Neither of these vehicles are really subcompact city cars, so family-friendly levels of interior space are high on the wishlist of most potential customers. If you expect to pay more for a car in order to get more interior space, then it's easy to see why the Kia Forte costs a little more than the Nissan Versa.

By just about every measure the Forte has more room. The easiest way to illustrate this difference is to take a look at total passenger volume, with the Kia Forte's 96.2 cu.-ft. Compared to the Versa's modest 90.2 cu.-ft. Both vehicles are available in hatch and sedan body styles, so it's up to you which suits your needs best. In both forms, the Kia is the roomier option.

 

Performance: Kia Forte

 

Neither of these vehicles is anything close to a performance vehicle, but a lack of power can't pass without comment. The Kia Forte is available with a choice of two versions of the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which in its most powerful form develops as much as 164 horsepower.

To counter that, all the Nissan has to offer is a 109 horsepower 1.6 liter engine which will struggle when asked to haul anything close to a full load. We're not talking about speed away from the light here, just simply the ability to climb a hill or overtake on the highway with more than just the driver in the car. As both cars are billed as five-seaters, this is a huge advantage for the Kia.

 

Looks: Kia Forte

 

Regardless of the price tag of a new vehicle, almost every buyer cares about the way it looks on the driveway or parked at the grocery store. We all take pride in our vehicles, whether we admit it or not. In the looks department, the Forte has a big advantage. In both its sedan and hatch forms, the Forte is simply a more attractive and desirable car than the Versa.

The Versa Note hatch was updated last year and now has a more contemporary look than it had, but the sedan is becoming the design that time forgot. The Versa may be cheap to buy, but the dated look will be hard for more style-conscious buyers to live with. The slightly higher price tag of the Kia will be a small price to pay for its superior aesthetics.

 

Keeping Everyone Safe: Kia Forte

 

Like styling, safety should be updated regularly to keep up with the times and with the competition, and Kia has done just that with the Forte. This latest version has improved greatly on the safety credentials of its predecessors with advanced safety features now widely available in the range, although a rearview camera is still an extra cost option.

The IIHS and NHTSA haven't put the Nissan Versa through a full set of crash tests as yet, but the data that is available isn't exactly inspiring and advanced safety features are almost non-existent. By way of contrast, the 2018 Kia Forte gets a full five stars from the NHTSA and the IIHS has given it a coveted Top Safety Pick+ award.

 

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2018 Kia Forte vs Nissan Versa

Of course the 2018 Kia Forte is more expensive than the Nissan Versa. The Kia is bigger, better-looking, more powerful, and safer than the Nissan. If you're on the tightest of budgets, the Nissan is about the cheapest new car you can currently buy. Being inexpensive isn't a crime, but when you see how much more car you can have for not much more money with the Kia Forte, we think it's worth making the investment in the Kia.

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