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2022 Kia Forte vs. 2022 Kia K5 Review

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2022 Kia
Forte

MSRP*: $19,090 to $24,490
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2022 Kia
K5

MSRP*: $23,790 to $31,190
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MPG - City 22 - 31 MPG 24 - 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 41 MPG 32 - 38 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 147-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 201-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 180-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 290-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 7-Speed A/T, Continuously Variable, M/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 147 - 201 hp 180 - 290 hp
Exterior Length 182.7 in 193.1 in
Exterior Width 70.9 in 73.2 in
Leg Room Front 42.2 in
Rear 35.7 in
Front 46.1 in
Rear 35.2 in
Head Room Front 38.8 in
Rear 37.5 in
Front 38.4 - 40.2 in
Rear 37.4 - 37.8 in

*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 Kia Forte offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Kia K5 with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Kia K5 will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Forte.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Forte as you will with the Kia K5, 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 Kia K5.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Forte is much slimmer than the Kia K5, 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 K5.

Handling
The Kia Forte has a smaller turning radius than the Kia K5, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Kia Forte has less horsepower than the Kia K5, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
The Kia Forte has much less torque than the Kia K5, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Forte and the Kia K5.