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Kia Soul vs Kia Forte

Kia Soul vs Kia Forte

Kia Soul vs Kia Forte

What the difference between the 2017 Kia Soul and Kia Forte? As it turns out, they're a bit like apples and oranges. The model you like best will depend upon your personal priorities. Do you want to test-drive the thriftiest engines? Or would you rather turn heads as you roam your urban jungles? Check out our buying guide and discover the Kia that works for you.

Cabin Space

The Kia Soul is one of a kind. With its unique wagon-crossover body, it shines for drivers who crave sporty style. Inside, the Soul's high roof and generous dimensions deliver enough head and leg room for everyone. The Kia Forte is a compact (sedan or hatchback) that's well suited for life on the streets - it fits nicely into parallel spaces and doesn't leave much of a footprint on your wallet. Inside, though, the Forte never feels like a budgetmobile. The cabin's high-quality materials look and feel expensive. The Forte backseat even has enough space for your 6-foot-tall buds.

Whether your life is better suited to a compact or crossover, both the Kia Forte and the Kia Soul supply world-class front-seat comfort. Once you settle into these supportive driver seats, you can face anything the road has to throw at you - even rush-hour traffic.

Technology

You'll find similar ways to stay connected in both the Kia Forte and the Soul. The Uvo infotainment system includes a responsive touchscreen and handy voice controls, so finding new music or changing the navigation route is simple. Also, both models offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. You can use this technology to access apps like Phone, Messages, and Maps on your central touchscreen. These capabilities basically curtail the need to look down at your phone and away from the road.

To spend less to get these features, consider the Forte. The mid-grade Forte S comes standard with complete smartphone integration. Note that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a rare treat in the compact segment. The Kia Soul's top-trim Exclaim(!) model also comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Safety

Both the 2017 Kia Soul and Kia Forte earned perfect five-star ratings in government crash tests. Between the two, you'll also find a similar array of high-tech driver aids. When you add the automatic emergency braking feature, for example, your Kia has the ability to pull up short of danger. With Kia's Uvo eServices, the safety net widens with features like 24-hour roadside assistance and emergency crash notification. Uvo eServices even includes curfew notifications, so your teenage driver has one less excuse for staying out too late.

Performance

To save the most on gas, go with the 2017 Kia Forte. It earns up to 29 city/38 highway mpg, which means you get to spend more money on Chinese takeout and Sunday Funday excursions.

However, in spite of its larger dimensions, the Kia Soul comes in just behind the Forte's best EPA ratings, with 26/31 mpg. The Soul is also surprisingly agile, delivering sportier handling that driving enthusiasts will love.