2017 Kia Forte vs 2017 Honda Civic Sedan

Do your due diligence when looking for your next car, especially in the competitive compact space. If you are considering either the Kia Forte or the Honda Civic Sedan, then we can help you out with our 2017 Kia Forte vs 2017 Honda Civic Sedan comparison.

Seeing them side-by-side demonstrates a stark difference in how these two auto manufacturers approach design. The Kia has a swooping roofline with headlights that cut a beautiful silhouette to complement the iconic Kia tiger-nose grille. The Civic Sedan on the other hand, looks busy, dull, and uninteresting. It’s as if Honda took several designs and mashed them all together. If you want the Forte right now, then you can click on the link below to be taken to our inventory, otherwise push past the looks, keep reading, and see how these two vehicles compare with numbers and stats.

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2017 Kia Forte VS 2017 Honda Civic Sedan
$16,600 Base MSRP $18,740
10 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 5 years / 30,000 miles
17.4 Feet Turning Radius 17.9 Feet
Manual or Automatic Transmission Manual or CVT

Is the Kia Forte better than the Honda Civic?

They say that Honda vehicles are reliable, but if they are so reliable, then why doesn’t Honda back them up with an above average warranty. Kia, on the other hand, has faith in their vehicles and are willing to provide you with 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage. Kia also doesn’t skimp on the bumper-to-bumper warranty as every Forte comes with a bumper-to-bumper warranty that lasts as long as Honda’s powertrain warranty. For comparison, Honda’s bumper-to-bumper warranty is only 36 months or 36,000 miles.

The warranty means you can expect the Kia to run and operate longer than the Honda Civic Sedan without any out-of-pocket expenses. In short, you get a better value for your money. The story of Kia is that of value. This is why it should come as no surprise that the Kia Forte base price comes in at over $2,000 cheaper than the Civic Sedan. Even the top of the line Forte EX trim is barely more expensive than the base model Civic Sedan trim.

The turning radius is an important number to consider. When you buy a compact, you want it to be easy to maneuver. A compact car typically makes navigating parking lots and tight roads a breeze. In this regard, the Kia Forte comes out on top by a wide margin. Six inches can be the difference between getting in the spot and cracking your front fender.

If a Forte is destined to be your compact car of choice, then come down to Carolina Kia of High Point in High Point, NC. We have a wide variety of Kia Forte options available including both automatics and manuals. What’s more, the Kia Forte doesn’t utilize those unreliable and unresponsive continuously variable transmissions, so you don’t have that to worry about.

2017 Kia Forte red side view
2017 Kia Forte interior overview
2017 Kia Forte red front view
2017 Kia Forte back view

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