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Kia Forte vs. Chevrolet Cruze

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Forte

$440
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Chevrolet Cruze

$498
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
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Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Kia Forte Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 6th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $440 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Forte.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Chevrolet Cruze Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 27th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $498 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$440
inexpensive
expensive
$498
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.15
not often
very often
0.45
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
12%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(2)
4
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3
(0)
2
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1
(0)
The Kia Forte ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in electrical.
“Love this car! I don't see many others on the road and I know I know a secret no one else knows - because my Kia is the best on the road. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's one of the most c...”
“Love this car! I don't see many others on the road and I know I know a secret no one else knows ...”
5
(3)
4
(1)
3
(1)
2
(1)
1
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The Chevrolet Cruze ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in drive train.
“I have a 2012 Cruze the clutch needs replacing again. My car has 45,000 miles this happened when first got the car but seems like everyday there is a problem with this car. The engine burns oil I d...”
“I have a 2012 Cruze the clutch needs replacing again. My car has 45,000 miles this happened when ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Forte and the Chevrolet Cruze are two different compact cars. Both come with front-wheel drive. The Forte is a four-door sedan, while the Cruze is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback.

The standard engines of the Kia Forte and the Chevrolet Cruze are similar. The Forte’s standard engine has 147 horsepower, and the Cruze’s standard engine has 153. But the Forte offers a high-performance 201-horsepower turbocharged gasoline engine, while the Cruze has an available high-mileage diesel engine that can go up to 700 miles on a tank of fuel.

Interior room and trunk space comparisons are pretty close between the Kia Forte and the Chevrolet Cruze. They are within fractions of an inch in front and rear headroom and legroom. The Forte has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, besting the Cruze sedan’s 13.9 cubic feet. But the load-hauling champ is the Cruze hatchback, with 47.2 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. 

One strong suit that the Forte offers is its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Cruze comes with a lesser 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Picking between the Kia Forte and the Chevrolet Cruze comes down to what you need or want. The Kia has a powerful optional engine and a great warranty. The Cruze has the choice of an economical diesel engine and a spacious hatchback body style. Drive them both and decide.

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