2019 Kia Forte vs. 2019 Honda Civic Comparison
2019 Kia Forte
Starting Price: $18,585 | Price Yours
Above Average: Roomy, good-looking, tons of safety features, fuel efficient all wrapped up with an impressive powertrain warranty.
Below Average: Only offered with a CVT transmission without any fixed ratios which most people don’t love and some of the hard plastics inside attest to the affordable nature of the Kia Forte.
Consensus: The 2019 Kia Forte is more refined and sportier than the previous generation and comes replete with a variety of standard safety and infotainment technology. It’s also gotten a good-looking exterior redesign that makes it more handsome.
2019 Honda Civic
Starting Price: $20,345 | Price Yours
Above Average: Versatile, smart styling, the benchmark for what a compact car should be.
Below Average: It gets pricey as you go up in trim and the styling can get a bit too extreme for folks.
Consensus: There’s a flavor for everyone: You can get the 2019 Civic in a hatchback, sedan or coupe all with varying horsepower.
The 2019 Kia Forte may not be a compact sport sedan but it certainly feels like one. On curvy roads, the Forte is firm and responsive, but comfortable. The CVT, despite its lack of fixed ratios, does a decent job of behaving like a 6-speed automatic and can be driven in three different modes: Normal, Smart, and Sport. Smart mode adapts to how the car is being driven and toggles between Sport and Normal. The 2019 Kia Forte comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen and minimalist interior. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. For our money we’d add the 320-watt Harman Kardon stereo on the Forte EX as well as navigation, wireless smartphone charging and LED lights. For 2019 Kia also offers a Launch Edition package which includes a suite of active-safety features like smart cruise control, sunroof and alloy wheels.
The 2019 Honda Civic has won KBB’s Small Car Best Buy Award for five years running. Offered in a wide array of body styles and engine specs, the Civic can be almost anything you want it to be, from sporty to fuel-efficient. It’s also a top pick for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and it has a suite of included safety features and driver assists. The Civic also gets stellar resale value and it’s very reliable. The Civic looks good, too, with its refreshed exterior. Inside the cabin finally gets real knobs for things like volume and climate controls. On the road the Civic can range from fun and sporty if equipped with the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, to more sedate with the base 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine. Sadly, you can only get a CVT transmission with the latter. We love that the Civic comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Honda Civic holds its value better than any other car in its class.
Sporty sedans that are enjoyable to drive no matter which one you choose.
Kia Forte Advantages
Great bang for your buck—for $26,000 you can get into the top-of-the-line Forte EX Launch Edition and you get a tremendous 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Honda Civic Advantages
A variety of body styles and engines plus a fantastic resale make the Honda Civic a great buy.
For our money, we’d go with the Honda Civic over the Kia Forte. Not only does the Civic have a reputation for safety but it holds its value better than any other car in its class.
|2019 Kia Forte||2019 Honda Civic|
|Engine||2.0-liter I4||2.0-liter I4|
|Horsepower||147 @ 6,200 rpm||158 hp @ 6,500 rpm|
|Torque||132 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM||138 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||Manual, 6-spd|
|Fuel Economy||31 mpg (27 city/37 highway)||32 mpg (28 city,/38 hwy)|
|Also Available||Automatic CVT||1.5-liter turbo I4; 2.0-liter turbo I4, Automotic CVT|
|Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||n/a||5 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||106.3 inches||106.3 inches|
|Overall Length||182.7 inches||182.7 inches|
|Width||70.9 inches||70.9 inches|
|Height||56.5 inches||55.7 inches|
|Turning Diameter||34.8 feet||35.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.8 inches||39.3 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||37.5 inches||37.1 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.2 inches||42.3 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||35.7 inches||37.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||56.1 inches||57.0 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||55.3 inches||55.0 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||n/a||97.8 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||15.3 cu. ft.||15.1 cu. ft.|