North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Kia Forte Near Ellijay, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Kia Forte

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fiesta and the Forte Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The Fiesta’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Forte Sedan runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 5 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Forte Sedan LX/S Manual with its standard engine (31 city/41 hwy vs. 25 city/34 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta Manual 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Forte Sedan LX/S Manual (27 city/35 hwy vs. 25 city/34 hwy).

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Forte Sedan:

 

Fiesta

Forte Sedan

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

127 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Forte Sedan LX’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fiesta’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.4% to 40.6%) than the Forte Sedan’s (62% to 38%). This gives the Fiesta more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Kia Forte Sedan.

The Fiesta Sedan is 6 inches shorter than the Forte Sedan, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Forte Sedan’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Forte Sedan because typical repairs cost less on the Fiesta than the Forte Sedan, including $35 less for front brake pads, $90 less for fuel injection, $50 less for front struts and $164 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Forte Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

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