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Kia Forte vs. Nissan Sentra

In comparing the Kia Forte to the Nissan Sentra, the Kia Forte has the advantage in the area of new vehicle base pricing The Nissan Sentra has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and base engine power. The Kia Forte and Nissan Sentra have the same interior volume and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Kia Forte versus the Nissan Sentra, the Nissan Sentra is a better car than the Kia Forte.

Kia Forte versus Nissan Sentra Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Kia Forte ranges from $16,388 to $23,108 while a used Nissan Sentra from the same model year range is priced between $15,498 to $22,842. For a new model, the Kia Forte's price is between $20,870 and $28,175, with the Nissan Sentra priced between $21,451 and $27,236.

Kia Forte versus Nissan Sentra Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Kia Forte and Nissan Sentra is 7.9 out of 10. With both vehicles earning the same number they are extremely competitive in their vehicle segment. Kia Forte is ranked 18 out of 51 Best Small Cars and Nissan Sentra is ranked 17 out of 51, with their respective reliability, retained value, and safety ratings used to break the tie, in that order.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Kia Forte’s base engine makes 147 horsepower, and the Nissan Sentra base engine makes 149 horsepower. The Forte is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 546 miles. The Sentra is rated to deliver an average of 33 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 484 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Kia Forte and Nissan Sentra are comparable in regards to interior volume

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Nissan Sentra has higher safety ratings than the Kia Forte, with an average rating of 4.38 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.14 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, both the Kia Forte and the Nissan Sentra have the same Top Safety Pick award.

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2022 Nissan Sentra

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$20,870 - $28,175

Used Asking Price:

$16,388 - $23,108

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$21,451 - $27,236

Used Asking Price:

$15,498 - $22,842

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.9 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

8.1 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.9 / 10

Reliability:

7.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.5 / 10

Safety:

8.4 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

11 / 12
13 / 51
15 / 51
18 / 51
29 / 51

iSeeCars Rankings

10 / 12
12 / 51
14 / 51
17 / 51
28 / 51

Summary Review

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Pros and Cons

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Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

LX, LXS, GT-Line, GT

Trim Levels

S, SV, SR

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.14 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.38 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque:

132 foot-lbs @ 4500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.053 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

149 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

146 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.049 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 39 / 32

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 546 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

29 / 39 / 33

Range (city/hwy):

360 / 484 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.3 inches

Cargo Space:

15.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

96.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.9 inches

Front Leg Room:

44 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.4 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.7 inches

Rear Leg Room:

34.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54.5 inches

Cargo Space:

14.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

96.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2769 lbs

Width:

70.9 inches

Height:

56.5 inches

Length:

182.7 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3036 lbs

Width:

71.5 inches

Height:

56.9 inches

Length:

182.7 inches

Wheelbase:

106.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

195/65R15

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P205/60R16