When comparing the Kia Forte LXS's and the Kia K5 LXS's specifications and ratings, the Kia Forte LXS has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and resale value. The Kia K5 LXS has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Kia Forte LXS's and the Kia K5 LXS's specifications and ratings, the Kia Forte LXS is a better car than the Kia K5 LXS.
Kia Forte LXS vs. Kia K5 LXS Pricing
A used 2023 Kia Forte LXS ranges from $20,000 to $25,993 while a used 2023 Kia K5 LXS is priced between $23,899 to $29,886. For a new model, the Kia Forte LXS's price is between $20,989 and $24,798, with the Kia K5 LXS priced between $25,959 and $30,276.
Kia Forte LXS vs. Kia K5 LXS Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Kia Forte LXS loses 39.8 percent of its value and the Kia K5 LXS loses 46.8 percent of its value. This means the Kia Forte LXS retains 7.1 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Kia K5 LXS.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Kia Forte LXS’s base engine makes 147 horsepower, and the Kia K5 LXS base engine makes 180 horsepower. The LXS is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 546 miles. The LXS is rated to deliver an average of 31 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 585 miles.This gives the Kia Forte LXS the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Kia K5 LXS the advantage in maximum range. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Kia K5 LXS, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space. The Kia Forte LXS, a compact car, has the advantage in the area of rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Kia K5 LXS has higher safety ratings than the Kia Forte LXS, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Kia K5 LXS has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.