2017 Kia Forte vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

Value is the name of the game in the compact sedan segment and is a key characteristic when you enter the car-buying decision. Which model gives you the most bang for your buck? With an impressive level of performance, frugal fuel-economy ratings and exceptional cargo space, the Kia Forte stands out from the competition. Take a look at how the Kia Forte stands up against a world-class compact sedan in a 2017 Kia Forte vs 2017 Toyota Corolla comparison.

Kia Forte sedan models are available in three trim levels - LX, S and EX - each with a long list of standard features and an affordable price tag. An element that sets the Kia Forte apart from its competitors is the variety of forms that the Kia compact can take. Kia Forte models come in three configurations - the Kia Forte sedan, the Kia Forte5 hatchback and the sporty Kia Forte Koup. Stock Kia Forte LX models come standard with 15-inch steel wheels, power accessories, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and Bluetooth connectivity. An upgrade to the Forte EX adds 17-inch alloy wheels, leather interior, heated front seats and a Kia UVO eServices system with a seven-inch touchscreen display and access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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2017 Kia Forte VS 2017 Toyota Corolla
$16,600 Base MSRP $18,500
147-Horsepower 2.0-Liter Atkinson Cycle Inline-4 Base Engine 132-Horsepower 1.8-Liter Four-Cylinder
29 MPG City/38 MPG Hwy Fuel Economy 28 MPG City/36 MPG Hwy
14.9 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 13 Cubic Feet

Differences Between the 2017 Kia Forte and the 2017 Toyota Corolla

Affordability is a key element in the car-buying process and is an important factor in the compact sedan segment. Base Kia Forte LX editions start at just $16,600 and employ a standard six-speed manual transmission. An upgrade to the six-speed automatic transmission in the Kia Forte LX means a base MSRP of just $17,600 - still more affordable than the standard Toyota Corolla. Car shoppers who opt for the top-of-the-line Kia Forte EX will discover improved performance with a modest increase in price to just $21,300. Elite Toyota Corolla XSE models start at $22,680.

Performance is a key attribute of the 2017 Kia Forte that makes it stand out in this 2017 Kia Forte vs 2017 Toyota Corolla comparison. Standard Kia Forte LX models employ a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4 engine that gets paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission. When equipped with the six-speed automatic, the power-packed compact makes 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. When you opt for the Kia Forte EX, you will benefit from a 164-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that is paired with a six-speed automatic and achieves 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Toyota Corolla models counter with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes a lackluster 132 horsepower. Married to a standard continuously variable transmission, the Corolla will make 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, numbers that fall short of the Kia Forte. Drivers who value fuel economy can opt for the Corolla LE Eco trim that features a 140-horsepower 1.8-liter Valvematic four-cylinder engine that makes 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Versatility is another asset of the Kia Forte that stands out. Kia Forte sedan editions possess an impressive 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Toyota Corolla models fall short with a meager 13 cubic feet of trunk space. Drivers who have fallen in love with the Kia Forte design can opt for the Kia Forte5 hatchback design, which provides a cavernous 23.2 cubic feet of cargo space.


Red 2017 Kia Forte Front and Side Exterior in Driveway
Red 2017 Kia Forte Rear Exterior
Black 2017 Kia Forte Interior
Red 2017 Kia Forte Side Exterior

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