2019 Kia Forte Vs. 2019 Honda Civic

Red 2019 Kia Forte and silver Honda Civic separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

Compact cars have come into a realm of their own as automakers and consumers alike have begun to see these vehicles as more than just economical choices and started to appreciate the benefits of the form. Compact sedans boast not only low starting prices; their small size brings positive attributes such as fluid maneuverability and impressive fuel-efficiency.

Automakers have also started pouring more energy into eliciting a truly sophisticated design from these rides. Modern compact sedans boast more and more extensive feature lists, and have surfaced among the best in terms of comfort and convenience.

The 2019 Kia Forte is fully redesigned for the 2019 model year, bringing along a revamped interior and rejuvenated exterior styling. The already-roomy vehicle now boasts even more legroom and cargo space, bringing figures up to levels we could call “generous.” There’s also a sizeable host of great new standard features.

The Honda Civic is an old standby in the compact car class. How does the 2019 iteration of this old fogey stand up to the young stallion that is the 2019 Kia Forte?

2019 Kia Forte


2019 Honda Civic

$17,790 Starting MSRP $19,450
Up to 31 city/41 highway Fuel Economy Up to 32 city/42 highway
14 gallons Fuel Capacity 12.4 gallons
15.3 cubic feet Cargo Volume 11.9 cubic feet (sedan)
Yes Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto? No
Standard Dual-Zone Climate Control Available
5-years/60,000 miles Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles

Exclusive Standard Features of the 2019 Kia Forte

One of the coolest things about the 2019 Kia Forte is just how many great standard features it comes loaded with. These include a touch-screen system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and active safety features like lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and driver attention monitoring. To equip the Honda Civic with these same features, it will cost you thousands of dollars more.

The 2019 Kia Forte also offers safety features that you won’t find on the 2019 Honda Civic. These include Active Headrests (which protect against whiplash), a cross-path warning system for backing up, and a drowsy/inattentive driver alert monitor.

Furthermore, the infotainment in the 2019 Forte has been received as being more intuitive and easier to use than that in the 2019 Civic.

A Better Value

Overall, when you take into account both its lower starting price and impressive suite of standard amenities, the 2019 Kia Forte is a simple a better value than the 2019 Honda Civic. It’s not for nothing that the 2019 Kia Forte was a finalist for U.S. News’ “2019 Best Compact Car for the Money” award.

Longer Coverage

The 2019 Kia Forte also comes with a superior warranty. The basic warranty will continue giving peace of mind for two years or 24,000 miles longer than that provided by Honda, and the powertrain is covered for nearly twice as long as that of the 2019 Civic.