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2021 Kia Forte vs. 2020 Nissan Sentra Review

New 2021 Kia Forte

2021 Kia
Forte

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New 2020 Nissan Sentra

2020 Nissan
Sentra

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MSRP*
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$17,890 to $23,290
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$19,310 to $21,650
Invoice* $17,263 to $22,241 $18,352 to $20,571
MPG - City 25 - 31 28 - 29
MPG - Hwy 32 - 41 37 - 39
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Forte than the Nissan Sentra. The Nissan Sentra will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Forte.

Convenience
The Kia Forte will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Nissan Sentra, 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). Whether you pick the Kia Forte or the Nissan Sentra, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Sentra.

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

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Kia Forte doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Nissan Sentra.

Handling
The Kia Forte has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Nissan Sentra, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Kia Forte and the Nissan Sentra.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Forte and the Nissan Sentra. The Kia Forte has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Nissan Sentra.

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