Compare 2015 Kia Forte vs 2015 Toyota Corolla

2015 Kia Forte
2015 Toyota Corolla
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 25 36 $18,432 $19,390
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 39 $16,785 $17,490
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 37 $15,587 $15,890
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic EX 25 33 $18,751 $19,690
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic SX 21 29 $20,647 $21,890
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual SX 21 29 $19,707 $20,890
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $18,653 $19,590
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 22 30 $20,368 $21,590
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $17,698 $18,590
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 29 $19,428 $20,590
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4-Door Sedan Automatic L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic L 27 36 $16,585 $17,550
Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT LE 29 38 $17,189 $18,565
Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT LE ECO 30 42 $17,559 $18,965
Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT LE ECO Plus 30 40 $18,208 $19,665
Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT LE ECO Premium 30 40 $21,043 $22,725
Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT LE Plus 29 38 $17,559 $18,965
Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT LE Premium 29 38 $20,393 $22,025
Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT S 29 37 $17,773 $19,195
Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT S Plus 29 37 $18,421 $19,895
Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT S Premium 29 37 $21,255 $22,955
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Manual L 28 37 $16,018 $16,950
Corolla 4-Door Sedan Manual S Plus 28 37 $19,902 $21,495

Pricing

Invoice Price

$18,432
$16,585

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$19,390
$17,550

Monthly Payment Estimate

$323 / month
$293 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.6
7.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

Reasonably well-rounded performance and attractive looks inside and out give the Forte lots of curb appeal, but disappointing safety scores and a lack of comfort mean that it isn't quite the high achiever that the larger Optima has been. The 2015 Toyota Corolla maintains its reputation for low running costs and frugality, but there's not a lot more beyond that, to make this a very appealing lineup.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

25 mpg 27 mpg

Highway

36 mpg 36 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Midsize Cars

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Volume (ft³)

96.2 97.5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.9 54.8

Front Leg Room (in)

42.2 42.3

Front Hip Room (in)

53.8 53

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Leg Room (in)

35.9 41.4

Front Head Room (in)

39.1 38.3

Second Hip Room (in)

53.1 43.9

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56.1 54.8

Second Head Room (in)

37.3 37.1

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in)

56.3 57.3

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.7 60.4

Wheelbase (in)

106.3 106.3

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.1 69.9

Track Width, Front (in)

61.1 60.3

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.3 5.5

Length, Overall (in)

179.5 182.6

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.9 13

Brakes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes -

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.3 9.1

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc Front Disc/Rear Drum

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA 9.1

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11 10.8

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA Yes

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

13.2 13.2

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.8 35.6

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P205/55HR16 P195/65SR15

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P205/55HR16 P195/65SR15

Spare Tire Size

NA Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2844 2820

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 X 6.5 15 X 6

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 X 6.5 15 X 6

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

600 390

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

90 80

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

154 @ 4700 128 @ 4400

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.0 L/122 1.8 L/110

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

173 @ 6500 132 @ 6000

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

29 31

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

36 36

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

25 27

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.21 2.85

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.06 4.13

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.80 1.00

Trans Type

6 4

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 -

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.38 2.34

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.64 1.55

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.39 0.70

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.77 -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Kia Forte Toyota Corolla

Body Style

Sedan Sedan

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear

Torsion Beam Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Torsion Beam Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.1 5.6 (Est)

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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