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2014 Kia Forte vs. 2014 Kia Optima Review

Comparison Review


Comfort
The Kia Forte offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Kia Optima. The Kia Optima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Forte.

Convenience
The Kia Optima requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Kia Forte, making it more convenient to drive.

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 Kia Optima. 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 Kia Optima have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Forte is much slimmer than the Kia Optima, 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 Kia Optima.

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

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Forte is significantly less powerful than the Kia Optima. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Forte and the Kia Optima. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Kia Forte as you will in the Kia Optima.

Warranty
The Kia Forte comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Kia Optima.

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2014 Kia
Forte

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MSRP*: $15,900 - $19,500
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2014 Kia
Optima

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MSRP*: $21,500 - $35,300
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Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 24 - 25 20 - 23
Highway MPG: 36 - 37 31 - 34
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $15,599 - $18,528 $20,579 - $32,963

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