When we compare the Kia K5 GT's and the Kia Forte LXS's specifications and ratings, the Kia K5 GT has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. 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. Based on this comparison of the Kia K5 GT's and the Kia Forte LXS's specifications and ratings, the Kia Forte LXS is a better car than the Kia K5 GT.
Kia K5 GT vs. Kia Forte LXS Pricing
A used 2023 Kia K5 GT ranges from $32,671 to $39,651 while a used 2023 Kia Forte LXS is priced between $20,000 to $25,993. For a new model, the Kia K5 GT's price is between $32,985 and $41,211, with the Kia Forte LXS priced between $20,989 and $24,798.
Kia K5 GT vs. Kia Forte LXS Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Kia K5 GT loses 46.8 percent of its value and the Kia Forte LXS loses 39.8 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 GT.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Kia K5 GT’s base engine makes 290 horsepower, and the Kia Forte LXS base engine makes 147 horsepower. The GT is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 506 miles. The LXS is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 546 miles. This gives the Kia Forte LXS the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Kia K5 GT. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Kia K5 GT, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space. The Kia Forte LXS, a compact car, has the advantage in the areas of front head room, rear head room and rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Kia K5 GT 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 GT has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.