The Kia Forte is value-packed with a standard feature list to envy and a long powertrain warranty. But is that enough to take on the Honda Civic’s legendary refinement, capability, and space? Both are impressive offerings in the compact car segment. This comparison should help you decide which one is right for you.The 2023 Kia Forte The Kia
Forte compact sedan is feature-packed, affordable, stylish, and spacious, holding its own against rivals like the Toyota
Corolla and Honda
Civic. The Forte isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, let alone the highly competitive compact car segment. Rather than being excellent in any single area, the 2023 Forte aims to be very good in most.
2023 Kia Forte highlights Sharp styling: First impressions are good for the Forte, with a smartly styled exterior that’s sure to appeal to many. Inside, it’s more of the same with a fresh, modern interior look complemented by upscale materials for this class and price point. (Starts at $19,490.) Lots of configurations: The 2023 Kia Forte is available in four main trim lines: LX, LXS, GT Line, and GT. The GT variant is also available as the GT MT, which swaps the standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) for a 6-speed manual. The LX, LXS, and GT Line all share the same 147-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and CVT automatic transmission. The GT and GT MT use a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder rated for 201 horsepower paired with a quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or the aforementioned 6-speed manual. Both GT models also get an upgraded multi-link rear suspension in place of the standard torsion beam. Great upgrades: Available upgrades for the 2023 Forte GT Line and GT include a power sunroof, LED interior lighting, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, a 320-watt Harman Kardon premium audio system, and more.The 2022 Honda Civic
The 2022 Honda Civic