In the past, the only two cars in the compact field were the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. However, the field of competition is much wider. Two other competitors, the Kia Forte and the Nissan Sentra, can give Toyota and Honda a run for their money. But which one is the best? We have some suggestions.
Both the Kia Forte and the Nissan Sentra have experienced a redesign in the last two years.
The 2020 Kia Forte has a starting price of just over $18,000. Experts have ranked the Forte as a great overall value because of its standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features, and great safety. The Forte also has high marks for its looks and great fuel economy.
The 2020 Nissan Sentra has a starting price of just over $19,000. Experts have raved over the style upgrade for the Sentra, and the safety equipment upgrade that is now standard. The 2020 Sentra is a little bigger than the previous redesign.
How Do They Compare?
The Kia Forte upgrade includes a new GT and GT-line, with an upgraded engine. The engine has improved horsepower at 201 with 195 pounds of torque. The base model has an engine with 147 horsepower and 132 pounds of torque. The trim is also updated and more sporty than the previous model. The Forte has one of the best warranties in the industry at 10-years or 100,000 miles on the powertrain.
The Sentra upgrade gets high marks for its integration of tech. However, the acceleration and steering, while good, are not as good as the Kia. The newly-designed Sentra is larger, and the engine is larger as well–in fact, it is the same engine as the Rogue Sport model. The upgrade’s tech includes a larger and more responsive touch screen. The more expensive SV and SR models come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
While we love the new Sentra, the Kia offers more standard safety and technology features for the money. Even at the base price, the Kia gives you more bang for the buck. Even the top of the line Kia Forte is worth the money, which is still under $24,000 tricked out. The Kia wins for the most features for the money.