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2020 Honda Civic Si vs. 2021 Kia Forte Review

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2020 Honda
Civic Si

MSRP*: $25,200 to $25,400
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2021 Kia
Forte

MSRP*: $17,890 to $23,390
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Invoice* $23,405 to $23,590 $17,263 to $22,338
MPG - City 26 MPG 25 - 31 MPG
MPG - Hwy 36 MPG 32 - 41 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 14.7 ft3 15.3 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Auto Manual, Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 205 hp 147 - 201 hp
Exterior Length 182.8 in 182.7 in
Exterior Width 70.8 in 70.9 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 42.2 in
Rear 35.7 in
Head Room Front 37.5 in
Rear 36.8 in
Front 38.8 in
Rear 37.5 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** ****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Honda Civic Si offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Kia Forte. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Honda Civic Si, drivers may find the Kia Forte a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
With the Kia Forte you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Honda Civic Si, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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). The Honda Civic Si is somewhat more expensive than the Kia Forte. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Honda Civic Si and the Kia Forte have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Honda Civic Si is about the same width as the Kia Forte. When looking at overall length, the Honda Civic Si takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Kia Forte.

Handling
The Honda Civic Si has a larger turning radius than the Kia Forte, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Honda Civic Si has a much more powerful engine than the Kia Forte. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Honda Civic Si does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Kia Forte.

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

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Honda Civic Si is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Forte.