2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

Passenger side exterior view of a red 2018 Kia Forte on the left "vs" a front exterior view of a blue 2018 Toyota Corolla on the right

When searching for the right compact car, the first thing you want to know about is the vehicles performance and available cabin room. Both, the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Toyota Corolla provide their owners with ample interior space for both passengers and cargo as well as offer an efficient and sporty drivetrain to help you through your day. Now that two premium compact car choices have been presented to you, it will be the key differences that will make one rise above the other. So, to help in your decision-making process we have compiled all of the important similarities and differences between the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Toyota Corolla for you right here.

2018 Kia Forte


2018 Toyota Corolla

2.0L Atkinson Cycle I-4 Standard Engine 1.8L 4-Cylinder
147 HP/ 132 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 132 HP/ 128 LB-FT
6-Speed Manual Standard Transmission Continuously Variable (CVT)
25 MPG City/ 34 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 26 MPG City/ 36 MPG HWY
*EPA estimates of the Best Trim level with Standard Equipment.

Differences 8 Similarities of the 2018 Forte & the 2018 Corolla

The standard drivetrain specs of the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Toyota Corolla are very similar, with the Kia Forte providing more power while the Toyota Corolla is just slightly more efficient. The 2018 Kia Forte and 2018 Toyota Corolla both offer engine upgrades to their standard drivetrain, the 2018 Forte makes a 2.0L 16-Valve I-4 engine available and the 2018 Corolla makes a 1.8L 4-Cylinder with Valvematic available. The 2018 Corolla’s alternate engine provides it with more power (140 HP), but it still doesn’t compete with the 2018 Forte’s standard 147 HP. The 2018 Kia Forte’s engine upgrade also improves upon its power, increasing horsepower to 164 and torque to 151 lb-ft.

Besides the 2018 Kia Forte’s more powerful drivetrain options it also arms its owners with more dedicated cargo space (14.9 Cubic Feet) than the 2018 Toyota Corolla (13.2 Cubic Feet) as well. Both the 2018 Forte and the 2018 Corolla have seating for five passengers, but the 2018 Kia Forte provides passengers with more front and rear headroom and shoulder room than the 2018 Corolla. With a more powerful engine and more interior cargo and passenger room, the 2018 Kia Forte takes a hard-earned victory over the 2018 Toyota Corolla. You can experience everything that the 2018 Kia Forte has to offer when you take it for a test drive at Carolina Kia in High Point, NC today.