The Kia Forte has gained a reputation for being a stylish, capable and well-equipped compact sedan. Now in its third generation, it received a facelift in late 2021. The Forte has gained a reputation for offering a compelling value proposition.
However, the Forte has a formidable competitor, the fearsome Toyota Corolla. Now in the 12th generation, the Corolla has been around for a lot longer than the Forte. How does the 2023 Forte stack up against this model that’s popular all over the world?
Here, we will compare the Forte vs. Corolla in terms of interior, performance, and safety. If you’d like to learn more about the new Forte, the team at Tempe Kia in Tempe, AZ, can help.
The 2023 Forte and the 2023 Corolla both slot into the compact car category and can comfortably seat up to five adults. However, the Forte’s cabin is noticeably more premium, with the use of high-quality materials and more soft-touch surfaces. The Forte also wins on overall interior space, offering a total of 96 cubic feet for the passenger cabin. The 2023 Corolla can only offer 88.6 cubic feet. The Forte also beats the Corolla on trunk space, offering 15.3 cubic feet, while its Japanese competitor can only muster 13.1 cubic feet.
The 2023 Forte and 2023 Corolla both offer air conditioning. However, the Corolla comes with a climate control system as standard. In terms of infotainment, both offer Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capable systems with AUX ports, HD radio, and MP3 playback. However, the Corolla also offers a Wi-Fi hotspot option.
The 2023 Forte comes with a choice of two 1.6-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engines. The naturally aspirated variant puts out 121 horsepower, while the turbocharged variant offers a thrilling 201 horsepower. Gearbox choices are an IVT (Infinitely Variable Transmission) for the naturally aspirated option or a 7-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) for the turbocharged variant. Drive goes to the front wheels.
The Corolla comes with two engine options. The first is the new-for-2023 Dynamic Force engine which is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder rated for 169 horsepower. The second is the hybrid powertrain on the Corolla Hybrid, which pairs a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a system total of 121 horsepower. The transmission is a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) on both engine options. An all-wheel-drive option is also available.
The 2023 Forte and 2023 Corolla both come with a comprehensive list of safety kit for a compact car. They’ve both got at least six airbags, stability control, traction control, lane departure warning, child locks, brake assist, and daytime running lamps.
While the 2023 Corolla may be a default choice for many, the savvy compact car buyer will take a few moments to check out the 2023 Forte as well. Kia’s compact car offers more space for passengers and luggage coupled with a thrilling 201-horsepower engine if you desire some driving thrills. It matches the 2023 Corolla on many other fronts, including safety.
If you think that you’re ready for something different, contact the team at Tempe Kia in Tempe, AZ. We can tell you more about the 2023 Forte and arrange a test drive.