2017 Kia Forte vs Ford Focus

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 The compact class is crowded with competitors, such as the 2017 Kia Forte and the Ford Focus. When the Forte and Focus fight for first place, who crosses the finish line first? Before you hit the dealership, check out our comparison guide.

2017 Kia Forte vs Ford Focus

Interior Comfort and Style: Kia Forte

For its size, the 2017 Kia Forte has great cargo capacity. At 14.9 cubic feet, it easily beats the 13.2 of the Ford Focus. That’s handy space for one more bag of groceries. The seats in the Forte are comfortable, and its interior will make you wonder how a compact can be so spacious. Even six-footers will be fine in the back seat. The Forte’s cabin is made of soft-touch plastics and handsome interiors, especially in its upper-end trims.

By comparison, the 2017 Ford Focus is fine in the front seat but tall passengers will feel cramped in the back. Even for a compact car, back seat leg and head room is in short supply. Some have complained that the interior looks dated. It’s plagued with hard plastics and could use an interior overhaul, which it hasn’t had in some time. The base trim even has crank windows, which doesn’t help to keep it from feeling old-fashioned.

Technology: Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is definitely techy, with Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, USB, auxiliary audio jack, and satellite radio on the base trim. Because it’s a Kia, it has the UVO infotainment system, which has been praised as easy-to-use and quick to respond. Finally, new for 2017, Apple CarPlay and Android Audio for your smartphone are available.

The Focus comes with the Sync infosystem on a 4.2-inch screen, which feels cramped compared to the 7-inch screen of the Forte. The best of trims of the Focus don’t have screens bigger than 8 inches. Like the Forte, USB ports come standard but, unlike the Forte, Bluetooth connectivity is only optional.

Fuel Economy: Kia Forte

The Kia Forte and Ford Focus have the same gas mileage on the highway, but the Forte pulls ahead in the city, at 29/38 miles per gallon. It’s not a zippy car, but it’s high resale value and good fuel economy make it a great investment.

The Focus, while good in the highway, is a little worse in terms of fuel efficiency. It gets 26 mpg in the city. That’s a big enough difference that you’ll feel it at the pump if your commute has stop-and-go traffic.

Safety: Kia Forte

The Kia Forte will put your mind at ease, especially if you spring for some of the optional safety features. First of all, it earned a five-star review in crash test safety. To top it off, the techy Forte has standard safety features like antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and front side and side curtain airbags. From there, you can opt for rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and more.

By comparison, the Focus has adequate safety ratings, but only earned an ‘acceptable’ score on the front corner test while most in its class did better. IIHS reported that the driver space and safety cage were compromised in some crash tests. Its reliability is also relatively low compared to its competitors.

Learn More about the Kia Forte

In every category, the 2017 Kia Forte excels. Noticeably techy, spacious and comfortable, and both safe and reliable, the Forte consistently outclassed the Ford Focus. If you’re in the market for a compact coupe, sedan, or hatchback, the Kia Forte is the best option.