2017 Kia Forte vs Honda Civic

September 12th, 2017 by
2017 Kia Forte vs Chevrolet Cruze

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    2018 FORTE LX

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    The Kia Forte received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among compact cars in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com/cars.

In the world of compact cars, the 2017 Kia Forte and Honda Civic come out on top, with their roomy cabins and efficient performance. These models are also big on technology, with all the latest smartphone features to keep you connected without distracting you from traffic. To find out whether you’re more of a Forte or Civic person, check out our comparison guide.

2017 Kia Forte vs Honda Civic

Passenger Comfort

The Forte might be easy on your wallet, but, inside, it’s never short on luxury. The cabin’s high-quality materials and plush, supportive seating give you the royal treatment. You can even take your road trips and commutes to the next level with heated and cooled front seats with soft leather upholstery.

In the Honda Civic, you’ll find another compact car with plenty of passenger space. The rear armrest supplies cupholders for your road-trip refreshments, and you can add leather upholstery for a bit of luxury. We just wish there were more upscale features available. If you want cooled seats or a heated steering wheel, go with the Forte.


In the Forte, you can cruise down the highway with maximum peace of mind. In government crash tests, this compact earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. With Uvo eSerivces, emergency features like roadside assistance and automatic collision notification are always at your service. When you add driver aids like blind-spot monitoring, you can stay extra vigilant – and out of harm’s way.

The Honda Civic also earned top ratings in government crash tests. The standard rearview camera comes in handy when you’re backing out of a narrow lane, displaying any obstacles in your path. There’s just one issue – the forward collision warning system overdoes it with the vigilance, issuing a lot of meaningless warnings in heavy traffic.

Performance & Fuel Economy

The Honda Civic is a sporty contender. Its best-in-class power will get you up to speed in a snap. The Civic also impresses with its best-in-class fuel economy, earning up to 32 city/42 highway mpg – depending on which powertrain you select.

In the 2017 Kia Forte, fuel ratings are almost as good: you can earn up to 29/38 mpg. Its six-speed automatic transmission delivers a smooth-shifting performance, so you and your family members always enjoy a refined highway ride.


The Forte is your pick for modern smartphone integration. The Uvo infotainment interface includes a sleek, responsive 7-inch touchscreen interface, so you can sort through menus with minimal distraction from the road. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto display smartphone apps directly on the touchscreen, so there’s no need to look down at your phone.

In the Honda Civic, you can also add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for complete smartphone integration. You can even use voice controls to ask the HondaLink infotainment read your text messages aloud. However, compared to Uvo, the HondaLink touchscreen isn’t as responsive. This can be frustrating when you’re stuck in traffic.

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2017 Kia Forte vs Chevrolet Cruze

The 2017 Kia Forte is our first choice, because, with it, you’re getting abundant luxury and modern technology at an excellent price. And that’s just the beginning. The Forte is also fuel-efficient, keeping you from overspending at the pump, and offers a smooth, comfortable ride. Add a stellar safety record and plenty of interior room and the Forte is our winner here.

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