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 Forte5 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 Forte5 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 and available rearview cameras.
The Fiesta’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Forte5 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.
On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Forte5 SX Manual (31 city/41 hwy vs. 23 city/29 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta Auto 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Forte5 LX/EX (27 city/37 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 Forte5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
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 Forte5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Forte5 is rated a Small Station Wagon.
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 Forte5 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 Forte5’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 Forte5 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.