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Kia Forte vs. Nissan Sentra

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Forte

$440
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Nissan Sentra

$405
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
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Nissan Sentra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 10th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $405 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 Sentra.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$440
inexpensive
expensive
$405
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.15
not often
very often
0.18
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
(30)
3
(22)
2
(5)
1
(2)
The Nissan Sentra ranks highest in electrical and ranks lowest in suspension.
“2013 Nissan Sentra Car seems to have a lot of problems. The motor bogs out a lot, making a loud noise. My back tires ware quickly. And it just started recently over heating! The ac also doesn't blo...”
“2013 Nissan Sentra Car seems to have a lot of problems. The motor bogs out a lot, making a loud n...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Forte and the Nissan Sentra are both compact four-door sedans. Both of them come with front-wheel drive.

When it comes to their standard engines, the Forte’s 147-horsepower engine comes out way ahead of the Sentra’s 124-horsepower engine. For their optional engines, the Forte puts out 201 horsepower, while the Sentra trails again with 188 horsepower. The Forte wins both.

The Forte has 96.2 cubic feet of interior space, just a tiny bit more than the Sentra’s 95.9 cubic feet. The trunk space comparison reveals that Forte has 14.9 cubic feet, just slightly behind the Sentra’s 15.1 cubic feet. It’s a split decision.

The Kia Forte offers another benefit, in the form of Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is much better protection than the Nissan Sentra’s 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty can provide. 

The Nissan Sentra offers its own unique benefit, automatic emergency braking as standard equipment on most Sentras with automatic transmissions. This even includes the base model.

Choose the Forte for the power, and for the warranty. Choose the Sentra for the latest safety technology.

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