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2021 Kia Forte vs. 2021 Nissan Versa Review

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2021 Kia
Forte

MSRP*: $17,890 to $23,390
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2021 Nissan
Versa

MSRP*: $14,980 to $18,390
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Invoice* $17,263 to $22,338 $14,608 to $17,923
MPG - City 25 - 31 MPG 27 - 32 MPG
MPG - Hwy 32 - 41 MPG 35 - 40 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 15.3 ft3 14.7 - 15.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Manual Continuously Variable, Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 147 - 201 hp 122 hp
Exterior Length 182.7 in 177.0 in
Exterior Width 70.9 in 68.5 in
Leg Room Front 42.2 in
Rear 35.7 in
Front 44.5 in
Rear 31.0 in
Head Room Front 38.8 in
Rear 37.5 in
Front 39.5 in
Rear 36.3 in
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 Versa. The Nissan Versa will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Forte.

Convenience
With the Kia Forte you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Nissan Versa, due to its larger tank size and better 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 Kia Forte is somewhat more expensive than the Nissan Versa. 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 Versa.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Forte is much wider than the Nissan Versa, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Kia Forte, which is slightly longer than the Nissan Versa.

Handling
The Kia Forte has about the same turning radius as the Nissan Versa, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Forte is somewhat more powerful than the Nissan Versa.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Kia Forte transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Nissan Versa.

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

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