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Kia Forte vs. Ford Focus

In the compact class, both the Kia Forte and the Ford Focus are crowd favorites. In 2017, several new updates and features put these cars in competition once again. So which one will come out on top?

For drivers in East Syracuse, Fulton, Auburn and Central Square, we put the 2017 Ford Focus and the 2017 Kia Forte side-by-side for you to compare all the pros and cons of each. Read more about the key differences between the Kia Forte vs Ford Focus, and learn where you can test drive the winning vehicle.

Kia Forte vs. Ford Focus Performance


The Focus lineup is mostly powered by a 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder engine, with available 5-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In addition, the Focus also has a turbocharged inline-3, which is the slowest of the bunch. The upper trim levels offer a little more punch, but the Focus offers solid performance and handling across its lineup.

To match its sporty appearance, the Kia Forte had a few performance upgrades for 2017. The 1.8-liter inline-4 engine was replaced by a 2.0-liter, 147-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. The Forte also comes with a 6-speed manual transmission standard, with an automatic transmission optional. The direct-injected, 2.0-liter, 164-horsepower 4-cylinder engine really ups the quickness. The new Forte’s update added responsiveness, agility, and speed that outperforms its competitors.

2017 Kia Forte vs. 2017 Ford Focus Design


In 2015, the Focus underwent some styling changes, which included a new front end and some material upgrades inside. On the outside, the Focus has some nice lines and sculpting that complement its performance, but its cabin leaves a lot to be desired. The inside has vertically-oriented vents and a surface design that takes up a considerable amount of space in an already tight cabin.

The new Forte saw a redesign as well, which includes a shapely front end, new headlight design, an elongated roofline, arched profile and sculpted sheet metal sides. Because of this, it’s easily one of the best-looking models in its class. The interior also matches its sports-car aesthetics, with analog hooded gauges, round knobs and higher-quality materials throughout. Unlike the Focus, however, the Forte’s design upgrades didn’t overwhelm or crowd the interior.

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Kia Forte Interior vs. Ford Focus Interior


Compacts are unlikely to be roomy, understandably, but the Focus’ redesign took up a lot of that already limited space. The sculpted instrument panel takes up a lot of the area in the front, with little benefit, and it’s difficult to get in and out of the car. That said, front seat drivers and passengers will be comfortable enough, given the supportive seats, but the back seats could benefit from having a little more room for passengers.

The Forte boasts an abundance of cargo space for a smaller car, as well as supportive and comfortable seating. Its elongated body provides more room for four adults in the front and rear, and its available sunroof option gives it an airy feel. The Forte also upgrades its interior materials for an upscale and classic look that further improves on the previous design.

Test Drive the 2017 Kia Forte at Kia of East Syracuse


Both the Ford Focus and Kia Forte revamped their style and performance for 2017, but the intelligent design choices of the Forte maximize its appeal and capability. If you’re in the East Syracuse, Fulton, Auburn or Central Square area, contact our team at Kia of East Syracuse to schedule your 2017 Kia Forte test drive and see for yourself!