2019 Kia Forte vs Honda Civic

2019 Kia Forte vs Honda Civic

Compacts are the ultimate commuter cars. When it’s just you, your bag, and the urban jungle, a small car works best. A compact car has a low price, low upkeep costs, and a small footprint, both carbon and physical. With the money you save on size, you can afford to splurge on perks like technology and exterior design. At least that’s how we read it. In this comparison, we pair the 2019 Kia Forte and Honda Civic. Which of these models better does what compact cars do best? Read on.

Fuel Efficiency: 2019 Honda Civic

Far and away, the first thing most people think when they see a compact car is, “Must get great gas mileage.” They’re not wrong, but not all of them to the same degree. The 2019 Kia Forte, with its continuously variable transmission, gets a mighty 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Almost good enough to forget where the nearest gas pump to your house is. Meanwhile, the Honda Civic gets a better 32 city miles and 42 highway miles per gallon. You’ll probably save about a hundred bucks driving the Civic over the Forte over the course of a year.

2019 Kia Forte on the Road

Price: 2019 Kia Forte

If you’re seeing dollar signs thinking about the fuel you’ll be saving driving the 2019 Honda Civic, consider this: The 2019 Kia Forte costs up to $3,500 less than the Civic. That’s right, The Forte starts at just $15,905, while you’ll have to pay at least $19,450 to drive a Civic. While you might marginally save on gas mileage driving the Civic, you’ll have to drive it for approximately 35 years to make up the difference in sticker price.

You’ll find the same disparity at the other end too. The best Kia compact is the Forte EX, with leatherette upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, proximity key entry, push-button start, two additional USB ports, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Ex is priced to sell at $21,990. Meanwhile, the Civic’s uppermost trim is the Touring at $27,300. So no matter what trim level calls to you, you’ll see more savings with the Kia compact.

Warranty: 2019 Kia Forte

You’ll also find that Kia offers the better warranty. In fact, the warranty covers the Forte almost twice as long as Honda’s covers the Civic. The Kia warranty is a lengthy five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. That’s one of the best warranties in the business. On the other hand, the Civic offers a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Not only will the Forte cost less upfront, but Kia guarantees its repairs for five years bumper to bumper and ten years powertrain. We call that peace of mind.

2019 Kia Forte Technology

Tech: 2019 Kia Forte

If you feel you’ll have to skimp on features and tech you love if you buy the less expensive car, never fear. Kia offers smartphone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard on all trim levels. Honda Civic offers the same bells and whistles, but not until you step up to the EX trim.

While the Honda Civic has the best fuel economy by just one mpg, the Kia Forte proves it’s the overall better compact car, with a lower price, longer warranty, and better technology.