2013 Kia Forte vs. Its Competition

2013 Kia Forte sedan
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Head to head with its newer, tougher competitors, the Kia Forte lags a bit in driving fun and safety.

But on other fronts it competes well against cars like the Chevy Cruze, a near-mid-size four-door that has an excellent turbocharged 1.4-liter four, top safety scores, and a richly finished interior.

The Ford Focus is more sporty on all fronts, and one version earns a 40-mpg highway fuel economy ratings, not to mention more technology and luxury options.

The Mazda3 earns kudos for its great steering and gas mileage, and its jazzy looks don't suffer the weird grin of older versions.

The Hyundai Elantra's an exceptional value, with 40-mpg highway ratings on all sedan models, and with truly distinctive styling and great packaging.

At the bottom of the dogpile are the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, one old, one new--and neither the class benchmarks they once were.

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Quick Specs
It's a family affair: the Kia Forte lineup is more comfortable, more eager, and better finished than ever, and a step up from what its sticker price might suggest.
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the smartest picks for anyone wanting practicality, comfort, and safety in a compact sedan—although it's missing the fun-to-drive edge of some other models.
Whether or not you consider the exciting new ST performance model, the 2013 Ford Focus lineup is evidence that small cars don't have to feel so appliance-like.
Civic who? Corolla what? The Hyundai Elantra's one of the new standard bearers in the compact class, with 38-mpg fuel economy, better safety, and class-leading standard features.
The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
The 2013 Toyota Corolla fits the transportation needs of those who want a comfortable, safe, and very low-cost vehicle that will be long-term dependable; those who crave any driving excitement should look elsewhere.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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