If you are in the market for a sporty but compact car, it is likely due to your preference of having both a fun drive and strong fuel efficiency. The Honda Civic is one of the smart options in the compact segment, but how does it stack up against the 2019 Kia Forte?
When it comes to the 2019 Honda Civic, you get a car that suits your style and true needs. You get four trim level choices with the coupe, five options with the hatchback, and six possibilities with the sedan. The Honda Civic also offers coupe and sedan versions of the Honda Civic Si variant, as well as the powerful Honda Civic Type R with a turbocharged engine. The 2019 Kia Forte, on the other hand, only comes in a sedan with four trim levels.
Forget for a moment that the Honda Civic is available with a range of powerful variants. Let’s just compare the Civic sedan to the Forte sedan. In terms of base power, the Civic has the upper hand. The 2019 Civic sedan takes its motivation from a 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine, mated to either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. This engine cranks out 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque.
The 2019 Kia Forte, on the other hand, runs on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with either a six-speed manual or an Intelligent Continuously Variable Transmission with Sportmatic®. It only generates 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.
While the Forte only has one engine option, the Civic sedan allows you to upgrade to a 174-horsepower 1.5-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine.
As for safety, the Honda Civic earned a 5-Star Overall Score for Safety from the NHTSA. The Kia Forte earned only four stars.
Stop by Don Wessel Honda in Springfield, Missouri, and take the Honda Civic for a test drive.