2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Ford Focus

2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Ford Focus

A compact four-door sedan that is fun, sporty, has plenty of room, an affordable price, and reliability to go along with it. This sounds too good to be true, but the Kia Forte may surprise. See what we mean as we put it up against Ford with our 2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Ford Focus comparison. Looking at the two of them side by side, it’s clear that the Kia has more style and elegance with its signature tiger-nose grille and sleek silhouette. By comparison, the Focus looks bulbous and gape-mouthed.

Does the Kia Forte already sound like the more attractive option? Then you can click the link below and see our Forte inventory in Fort Worth. If you still need more convincing, then just keep reading to learn how the Forte bests the Focus in affordability, usability, power, and more.

2018 Kia Forte


2018 Ford Focus

$16,800 Base MSRP $17,950
96 Cubic-Feet Passenger Volume 91 Cubic-Feet
164 Max Horsepower 160
10 Years / 100,000 Miles Powertrain Warranty 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

Does Kia or Ford make a better compact sedan?

Let’s analyze these two cars by what they are supposed to provide to the marketplace. A compact sedan needs to be affordable, and with a difference of over $1,000, one is the clear victor in this category, and it just so happens to be the Kia Forte.

Compact does not mean cramped. When buying a compact, you still want something with plenty of room on the inside, and not only does the Forte provide 5 cubic-feet of additional passenger room when compared to the Focus, but with 14.9 cubic-feet of cargo room, it also has more space in the trunk than the Focus which only has 13.2 cubic-feet.

Performance should be a concern as well. Compact cars can often be underpowered, but that is not the case with either of these models. The Forte still comes out on top with 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The Focus comes short of these numbers with just 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque.

Finally, when discussing value, you don’t just want an affordable car, you want a car that’s going to last, and the Kia Forte backs up its promise of a reliable car with 10-years or 100,000-miles of powertrain coverage. Here the Focus doesn’t even come close.