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Kia Forte vs. Subaru Impreza

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Forte

$440
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Subaru Impreza

$675
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.
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Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Subaru Impreza Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 32nd out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $675 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$440
inexpensive
expensive
$675
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
14%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(2)
4
(2)
3
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2
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1
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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
(2)
4
(7)
3
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2
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1
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The Subaru Impreza ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.
“I bought my 95 Impreza from the original owner and I've had it for 3 yrs. The front and rear boots and axles, starter and alternator have been replaced between 150,000 and 180,000 miles. I throw my...”
“I bought my 95 Impreza from the original owner and I've had it for 3 yrs. The front and rear boot...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Forte and the Subaru Impreza are both compact cars. The Kia Forte is a four-door sedan with front-wheel drive, while the Subaru Impreza is made as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback, and comes with standard all-wheel drive. 

The Forte’s standard 147-horsepower engine gives up a little bit to the 152-horsepower standard Impreza engine. Unfortunately, this is the only available Impreza engine. The Forte offers a much more powerful 201-horsepower engine as an option. The Forte wins on power.

Interior space and trunk room are where the Impreza shines. In interior space, the Forte’s 96.2 cubic feet falls way short of the Impreza’s impressive 112.1 cubic feet. That’s as much interior space as some midsize cars! The Impreza sedan’s 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space does come in behind the Forte’s 14.9 cubic feet, but the Impreza hatchback leaves them both behind, with an amazing 55.3 cubic feet of room when you fold the back seats flat. 

The Subaru offers the latest suite of driver assistance features as an option on every Impreza except the base models. This includes adaptive cruise control, precollision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane-keep assist functions. The Forte makes you buy the most expensive model to get all the safety tech. Advantage Subaru.

The Forte does have a more powerful optional engine, and its great 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is a perk. It's also the more reliable car, based on our findings. But the Impreza has a clear advantage for its all-wheel drive, usable space and safety systems.

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