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Kia Forte vs. Toyota Corolla

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

Kia Forte versus Toyota Corolla Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Kia Forte ranges from $16,388 to $23,108 while a used Toyota Corolla from the same model year range is priced between $16,886 to $24,994. For a new model, the Kia Forte's price is between $20,870 and $28,175, with the Toyota Corolla priced between $22,148 and $28,224.

Kia Forte versus Toyota Corolla Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Kia Forte is 7.9 out of 10 while the Toyota Corolla's quality rating is 8.8 out of 10. This results in the Kia Forte being ranked 11 out of 12 Best Small Cars for the Money and the Toyota Corolla being ranked 2 out of 12. Out of 51 Best Small Cars, the Kia Forte is ranked 51 and the Toyota Corolla is ranked 4.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Kia Forte’s base engine makes 147 horsepower, and the Toyota Corolla base engine makes 139 horsepower. The Forte is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 546 miles. The Corolla is rated to deliver an average of 33 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 502 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the Kia Forte 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, rear leg room, and trunk space.

Safety Ratings Comparison

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

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2022 Toyota Corolla

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:

$22,148 - $28,224

Used Asking Price:

$16,886 - $24,994

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

32.8%

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:

8.8 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.8 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 12
3 / 51
4 / 51
12 / 51
24 / 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

L, LE, XLE, SE, SE Apex, SE Nightshade Edition, XSE, XSE Apex

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:

2 years

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):

5 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:

139 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

126 foot-lbs @ 3900 rpm

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

0.048 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:

1.8 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):

30 / 38 / 33

Range (city/hwy):

396 / 502 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:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

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:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

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:

38.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

42 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

34.8 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

51.7 inches

Cargo Space:

13.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

88.6 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:

2910 lbs

Width:

70.1 inches

Height:

56.5 inches

Length:

182.3 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.3 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:

15.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P195/65R15