2018 Honda Civic vs Kia Forte
The Honda Civic and Kia Forte are back in Miami, Doral, and Hialeah, and the 2018 models have both stepped up their game. However, one of these models outperforms the other in terms of spaciousness, power, and technology. To find out which sedan best suits your driving needs, read this Honda Civic vs. Kia Forte comparison from Braman Honda in Miami to see which car comes out on top.
Civic vs Forte Performance
The 2018 Honda Civic packs a serious performance punch. Its 2.0L I-4 engine, paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, generates 158 horsepower in the base LX trim. Step up to the EX-T trim, and you’ll get a 1.5L turbocharged engine equipped to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which produces 174 horsepower. With this upgraded engine and transmission, you’ll get a skin-tingling boost in power.
The 2018 Kia Forte is powered by a 2.0L Atkinson Cycle engine, which produces a standard 147 horsepower. There is an available 2.0L engine for the Forte EX trim, but it only raises the power to 164 horsepower—barely above the base horsepower of the Civic’s standard engine. Although the Kia Forte and its 2.0L Atkinson Cycle engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, there’s no option for a CVT.
Interior Passenger and Cargo Room
The 2018 Civic offers plenty of interior room for passengers. Inside the Honda Civic sedan, you’ll find:
- Headroom (front/back): 39.3 inches/37.1 inches
- Legroom (front/back):3 inches/37.4 inches
- Cargo volume: 15.1 cubic feet
Although the Kia Forte has slightly more rear headroom at 37.3 inches, it doesn’t provide as much space in any of the other areas. For the front row, passengers will only have 39.1 inches of headroom and 42.2 inches of legroom, while second-row occupants will only have 35.9 inches of legroom. Despite these smaller measurements, the Kia Forte’s cargo space measures at 14.9 cubic feet.
Honda vs Kia: Technology
The 2018 Honda Civic doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to technology. With its base 5-inch color LCD screen, you can access Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink and Bluetooth® Streaming Audio to blast your favorite artists. Moving up one trim, too, grants you Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for a fully integrated user experience. Plus, you’ll also be rewarded with a 7-inch touchscreen to use Pandora®, SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio™, and many other apps to stay entertained during your daily drives.
While the 2018 Kia Forte does have the UVO infotainment system, you don’t get access to it until a higher trim level. However, it does offer standard Bluetooth® wireless technology, as well as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ on its higher trim levels.
Safety Equipment and Systems
The 2018 Civic has exceptional safety equipment. Some standard safety features include the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines, Brake Assist, the Anti-Lock Braking System, and Vehicle Stability Assist™ with Traction Control. The Kia Forte, too, has standard safety systems, such as Vehicle Stability Management, the Traction Control System, and the Brake Assist System. However, it doesn’t have a rearview camera display until its higher trim levels.
Plus, the Honda Civic has available Honda Sensing®, an advanced suite of intuitive safety systems that uses several cameras and sensors to warn you of nearby vehicles and obstructions. With this suite, you’ll get:
- Collison Mitigation Braking System™
- Road Departure Mitigation System
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
- Lane Keeping Assist System
- Forward Collision Warning
The Kia Forte has comparable safety systems, including the Forward Collision Warning System and the Lane Keep Assist System. However, the Honda Civic also has Honda LaneWatch™, a useful camera system that displays live video from the passenger-side mirror on your touchscreen as you’re trying to switch lanes.
After reading this Honda Civic vs. Kia Forte comparison, you may want to try the Honda Civic for yourself. The 2018 Honda Civic and its spacious interior, powerful engines, and advanced safety systems is waiting for you at Braman Honda in Miami. Learn more about how this high-rated sedan can make driving through Miami, Doral, and Hialeah more enjoyable. Stop by our dealership and schedule a test drive today!