Compare 2021 Kia Forte vs 2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Kia Forte
2021 Toyota Corolla
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EX IVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte EX IVT 29 40 $22,050 $23,090
Forte FE IVT 31 41 $18,133 $18,790
Forte FE Manual 27 37 $17,263 $17,890
Forte GT DCT 27 35 $21,765 $22,790
Forte GT Manual 25 32 $22,338 $23,390
Forte GT-Line IVT 29 40 $19,567 $20,490
Forte LXS IVT 29 40 $18,712 $19,390
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APEX SE CVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Corolla APEX SE CVT 31 40 $23,306 $25,170
Corolla APEX SE Manual 29 36 $23,667 $25,560
Corolla APEX XSE CVT 31 38 $26,214 $28,310
Corolla Hybrid LE CVT 53 52 $21,851 $23,600
Corolla L CVT 30 38 $18,923 $20,025
Corolla LE CVT 30 38 $18,958 $20,475
Corolla Nightshade CVT 31 40 $21,459 $23,175
Corolla SE CVT 31 40 $20,810 $22,475
Corolla SE Manual 29 36 $21,459 $23,175
Corolla XLE CVT 29 37 $22,615 $24,425
Corolla XSE CVT 31 38 $24,005 $25,925
Corolla Hatchback Nightshade CVT N/A N/A $21,033 $22,715
Corolla Hatchback SE CVT N/A N/A $20,198 $21,815
Corolla Hatchback SE Manual N/A N/A $19,180 $20,715
Corolla Hatchback XSE CVT N/A N/A $22,930 $24,765
Corolla Hatchback XSE Manual 28 37 $21,911 $23,665
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,050
$23,306
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,090
$25,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$385 / month
$420 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.2
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Kia Forte is a value-packed compact sedan, one that’s a half-step behind the class leaders. With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all the bland from its diet.
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Fuel Economy
City
29 mpg 31 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 40 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 38.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96 88.6
Second Hip Room (in)
51.1 51.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.1 54
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 51.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42
Front Hip Room (in)
53 53.9
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 34.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61 60.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
182.7 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 61
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 70.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 13.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 10.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 35.6
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P225/40VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA AS
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45HR17 P225/40VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA AS
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2908 3110
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 18 X 8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
132 @ 4500 151 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
147 @ 6200 169 @ 6600
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
MPI Port/Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
33 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 40
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
29 31
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.68 - 0.39 3.38
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.89 3.79
Trans Type
1 10
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.82 3.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic/CVT w/OD
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.45
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.24
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Toyota Corolla
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.4 4.8
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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2021 Kia Forte
  • 2022 Kia Forte arriving; 2021s available
  • Lease: From $159 for 36 months
  • Rebate: Up to $750 customer cash
  • Finance: From 0.9% APR for 60 months
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2021 Toyota Corolla
  • 2022 Corolla is here
  • Lease: From $263/mo. (est.)
  • Finance: From 2.9% APR
  • Rebates: No cash offers

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