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Kia Forte vs. Toyota Corolla

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Forte

2016 Kia Forte
$440
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Toyota Corolla

2016 Toyota Corolla
$367
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 Toyota Corolla Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $367 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Corolla is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$440
inexpensive
very expensive
$367
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)
(186 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
(30)
4 star
(85)
3 star
(45)
2 star
(13)
1 star
(3)

The Toyota Corolla ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.

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“Many of my friends drive a toyota because they know how reliable these cars are.”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

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

Looking at their standard engines, the Forte’s 147-horsepower engine comes out ahead of the Corolla’s 132-horsepower motor. For a power upgrade, the Forte puts 201 horses under your right foot, while the Corolla can only muster a maximum of 140 horsepower. There’s no contest: Forte sweeps both power categories. 

When it comes to interior space, the Kia Forte and the Toyota Corolla are close. The Forte has 96.2 cubic feet of interior space, and the Corolla gives you 97.1 cubic feet, a tiny bit more. The difference is bigger in the trunk, where the Forte’s 14.9 cubic feet is about 15% larger than the Corolla’s 13 cubic feet.

The Corolla evens the score in standard driver assistance technologies. The Toyota Corolla comes standard with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and automated emergency braking in every version. The Forte requires you to buy the top trim level to get all the safety equipment that’s available.

On the other hand, the Forte offers Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a great thing to have if you plan on long-term ownership.

The choice here comes down to power and warranty vs. standard safety equipment. Take a close look at both the Kia Forte and the Toyota Corolla, and see which one works better for you.

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