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Kia Soul vs. Kia Forte

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Soul

$443
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Kia Forte

$440
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

5
Excellent
The Kia Soul Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 7 for subcompact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $443 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Soul is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
4
1
2
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.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$443
inexpensive
expensive
$440
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.17
not often
very often
0.15
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
not urgent
urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (2)
4 (5)
3
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2 (1)
1
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The Kia Soul ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in electrical.
“Base model with automatic transmission but did get the backup camera and touch screen. Great but not awesome mileage. Never had a single problem after 40,000 miles. Perfectly comfortable even for...”
“Base model with automatic transmission but did get the backup camera and touch screen. Great but...”
5 (2)
4 (2)
3
(0)
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...”
“Love this car! I don't see many others on the road and I know I know a secret no one else knows...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Soul and the Kia Forte are two small vehicles made by Kia. The Kia Soul is a subcompact two-row SUV. The Kia Forte is a compact four-door sedan. Both come with front-wheel drive.

In the power department, there are some similarities and some differences between the Soul and Forte. The smaller subcompact Soul has a less powerful 130-horsepower standard engine than the larger Forte, which comes with 147 standard horsepower. Both the Soul and the Forte share the same optional engine, with 201 turbocharged horsepower.

Comparing interior volume and cargo space is tricky with the Kia Soul and the Kia Forte, because the Soul is a boxy SUV and the Forte is a sedan with a separate trunk. In terms of passenger volume, the Soul’s 101 cubic feet is a little more than the Forte’s 96.2 cubic feet. The Soul gives you 18.8 cubic feet of “trunk” space behind its rear seat, compared to 14.9 cubic feet in the Forte’s actual trunk. But the Soul wins the maximum hauling contest with 49.5 cubic feet of usable space, once you fold the rear seats down.

One place where these vehicles are the same is in their warranties. Both have Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. It’s an excellent warranty, superior to what most other brands offer.

The decision here comes down to form factor. Would you rather have the utility of a box on wheels, or does the sedan format appeal to you more?