2019 Kia Forte vs. Its Competition

2019 Kia Forte
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The 2019 Kia Forte might be the most stylish compact sedan, but it’s the 2019 Honda Civic that earns our nod.

The Civic is comfortable, fun, and fuel-efficient.

The Mazda 3 is spunkier to drive, but its interior is showing its age and its infotainment lags rivals.

The VW Jetta has plenty of space and decent pace, but it’s short on personality.

The Chevy Cruze’s available turbodiesel engine sips fuel, but it’s costly.

And if you’re going to look at the Forte, why not cross-shop its Hyundai Elantra sibling? The Elantra GT is genuinely fun, but even standard models have nice style and a lower base price than the Forte.

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6.0
The 2019 Kia Forte pairs stylish good looks with a lot of features, making it a compact sedan standout.
5.4
The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze gains some good content, but its advanced safety tech should be more accessible.
6.5
Safety upgrades this year make the 2019 Honda Civic as compelling as ever.
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The 2019 Hyundai Elantra delivers good handling and a lot of value for the money.
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The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a mild-mannered, well-equipped compact sedan.
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The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks.
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