2022 Kia Forte vs. Its Competition

2022 Kia Forte
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

What remains of the compact sedan class has never been better.

The Forte’s kin makes for a tough rival: the Hyundai Elantra has a dramatic new shape and lots of advanced features.

Both have great interior space matched only by the Honda Civic, which has been redesigned for 2022 with a stylish interior.

The Mazda 3 retains its sporty character in sedan and hatchback versions, but the new turbo-4 prices it out of the competition.

Toyota made waves with the Corolla Hybrid, which tops even the Elantra Hybrid for efficiency.

Easy to overlook, the Jetta remains a competent if underwhelming compact, except for the fun GLI.

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Quick Specs
6.3
The 2022 Kia Forte jams its compact cabin with value, though performance falls flat.
6.8
The 2022 Honda Civic remains a go-to economy car, with low-key performance and high-economy powertrains.
6.8
The 2022 Hyundai Elantra excites us with its styling and gas mileage, but loses us with interior quality.
6.7
The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive.
6.7
With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all the bland from its diet.
5.7
The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a no-frills compact with good value. Saving money never goes out of style.
MSRP From     
$19,090$21,900$19,850$20,650$20,025$18,995
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 56 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
FE IVTLX CVTSE IVT2.0 FWDL CVT (SE)S Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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