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2017 Kia Forte vs. 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Chevrolet Malibu than the Kia Forte, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Kia Forte and the Chevrolet Malibu in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Forte as you will with the Chevrolet Malibu, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Kia Forte is clearly a better financial choice over the Chevrolet Malibu. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Forte and the Chevrolet Malibu have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Forte is much slimmer than the Chevrolet Malibu, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Kia Forte, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Chevrolet Malibu.

Drivetrain
The Kia Forte has much less torque than the Chevrolet Malibu, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Kia Forte has a smaller turning radius than the Chevrolet Malibu, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Kia Forte has less horsepower than the Chevrolet Malibu, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Forte and the Chevrolet Malibu. The Kia Forte has less cargo capacity than the Chevrolet Malibu, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Forte than that of the Chevrolet Malibu.

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2017 Kia
Forte

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MSRP*: $16,490 - $21,200

2017 Chevrolet
Malibu

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MSRP*: $21,680 - $30,975
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City MPG: 25 - 29 22 - 27
Highway MPG: 33 - 38 33 - 36
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $16,165 - $20,037 $21,572 - $29,736

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.