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Kia Forte vs. Honda Civic

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Forte

2016 Kia Forte
$440
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Honda Civic

2015 Honda Civic
$365
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

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.

Excellent

The Honda Civic Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $365 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Civic is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$440
inexpensive
very expensive
$365
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.2
not often
way too often
0.3
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
minor issues
major issues
8%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(4 Reviews)
(122 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(2)
4 star
(2)
3 star
(0)
2 star
(0)
1 star
(0)

The Kia Forte ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in electrical.

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“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...”

Rating Details
5 star
(20)
4 star
(74)
3 star
(15)
2 star
(7)
1 star
(0)

The Honda Civic ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in brakes.

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Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Forte and the Honda Civic are both compact cars. Each comes with front-wheel drive. The Forte is available as a four-door sedan, while the Civic is available as a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe and a five-door hatchback.

In terms of engine power, the Forte’s standard 147-horsepower engine comes in below the Civic’s standard 158 horsepower. But the Forte’s optional 201-horsepower engine exceeds the Civic’s maximum 180-horsepower option. 

The Kia Forte and the Honda Civic rank very closely in terms of roominess. The Forte sedan has 96.2 cubic feet of interior space, while the Civic sedan has slightly more, with 97.8 cubic feet. The trunk in the Forte provides 14.9 cubic feet of space, but the Civic squeaks ahead with 15.1 cubic feet. Not much difference here. If you need maximum cargo carrying capacity, consider the Civic hatchback, with its 46.2 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded.

What the Civic offers that the Forte does not is across-the-board availability of the latest driver assistance technologies. Lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, collision mitigation braking and road departure mitigation are available as an option on every Civic with automatic transmission, and as standard on top trims.

This is the tie-breaker. The Civic wins.

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