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Kia Forte vs. Ford Focus

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Forte

$440
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Ford Focus

$555
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
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
Above Average
The Ford Focus Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 29th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $555 which means it has average ownership costs. While the frequency of repairs is higher than normal, the severity of those issues is average, so your Focus may have a few more shop visits when compared to other models.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$440
inexpensive
expensive
$555
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.15
not often
very often
0.59
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(2)
4
(2)
3
(0)
2
(0)
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
(4)
4
(22)
3
(12)
2
(9)
1
(2)
The Ford Focus ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in suspension.
“I'made the original owner, just hit 60,000 miles and have had no problems at all with this car. The manual transmission has been smooth, unlike the problems with the automatic I've read so much ...”
“I'made the original owner, just hit 60,000 miles and have had no problems at all with this car. ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Forte and the Ford Focus are both compact cars. They each come with front-wheel drive. The Forte is available as a four-door sedan, while the Focus is available as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. 

In the power department, the Focus wins. The Forte’s standard 147-horsepower engine slightly trails the 160-horsepower standard engine in the Focus. The difference continues with their optional engines, where the Forte’s 201 horsepower falls way behind the 252 horsepower in the Focus ST.

Moving inside, the Forte gains a large advantage over the Focus. Comparing interior space, the Forte sedan offers 96.2 cubic feet, lots more than the 90.7 cubic feet of the Focus sedan. The Forte’s 14.9-cubic-foot trunk is also larger than that of the Focus, which comes in with 13.2 cubic feet. If you need more hauling capacity, though, the Focus Hatchback will give you 44.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

One more difference is the Kia Forte’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Ford Focus gives you a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. That’s something to think about.

The Forte has more space and a better warranty. The Focus has more power and the option of a hatchback body style. Try them both and see which one you’d like to take home.

At a glance

Standard horsepower:
Focus: 160 (252 optional); Forte: 147 (201 optional)

Interior space:
Focus: 90.7 cu. ft.; Forte: 96.2 cu. ft. 

Trunk space: 
Focus 13.2 cu. ft.; Forte: 14.9 cu. Ft.

Miles per gallon:
Focus: Up to 30 city/40 highway; Forte: Up to 29 city/37 highway

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