2015 Kia Forte vs. Its Competition

2015 Kia Forte EX
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

In part because of the standard rearview camera and standard smartphone-based UVO connectivity (with subscription-free Google maps), we'd go with the Forte EX.

2015 Kia Forte EX2015 Kia Forte
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2015 Ford Focus ST2015 Ford Focus
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2015 Honda Civic LX Sedan2015 Honda Civic
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2015 Hyundai Elantra2015 Hyundai Elantra
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2015 Subaru Impreza2015 Subaru Impreza
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2015 Toyota Corolla L2015 Toyota Corolla
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Quick Specs
7.6
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.
8.6
The 2015 Ford Focus lineup gets a clean new look for 2015, as well as a high-mileage three-cylinder engine option and revamped cabin comforts. From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, it remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
7.8
The 2015 Honda Civic is refined, comfortable, and offers top-notch safety ratings and features.
8.2
Snappy sheetmetal and smart packaging puts the 2015 Hyundai Elantra on most must-drive lists, though it's not as engaging to drive as some compact sedans.
8.0
The 2015 Subaru Impreza is tough, practical, and relatively attractive, offering a small all-wheel-drive package for those who need it without the big fuel-economy penalty it used to bring.
7.6
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.
MSRP From     
$15,890$17,170$18,290$17,250$18,195$16,950
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 47 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan S2-Door Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)4-Door Manual 2.0i4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanCoupeSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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