Nissan Sentra vs. Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is one of the best-selling cars in the US and has been for some time. It’s a popular compact car with little thrills for people who want to get from A to B with minimal fuss. The Nissan Sentra is the Forte’s main rival for the top dog position in the compact car range, but which car is better? Both are relatively cheap (although the Nissan Sentra is more affordable), but it’s not always the more reasonable option, the better one.

Let’s forge ahead with our Nissan Sentra Vs. Kia Forte comparison.

Comparing the Nissan Sentra Vs. Kia Forte directly – Which is the Better Buy?

The latest iteration of the Sentra has had a recent redesign to fit in with the Nissan sedan family, given sharper looks and the familiar Nissan grille. You don’t have any options when it comes to engine size. What you get is certainly powerful enough for an automobile in its class. Recent upgrades have added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, plus Nissan’s driver assistant technology, including blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane-departure warning.

The Kia Forte is famed for its roomy interior and comes with a choice of transmissions. The exterior of the Forte is now considered a little behind the times, especially compared to the Nissan Sentra’s sharp looks, and the interior has lots of hard plastic, which also looks old-fashioned. If there is one thing that’s become a problem with the Kia Forte, it is resale value, as the Forte does not tend to hang on to its value. Bear that in mind – if you choose the Forte, you can expect to run it for several years as it’s simply not worth trading it in.

Engine Size and Performance – Continuing the Nissan Sentra Vs. Kia Forte Comparison

As we have already mentioned, despite being available in three trims, all three versions of the Nissan Sentra come with the same engine – a 2.0 liter choice with four cylinders, FWD, and automatic CVT. This gives 149 hp at 6,400 rpm with 146 lb-ft of torque. Fuel consumption is excellent – 29 in the city and 39 on the highway for a combined 33 MPG.

The most common engine choice for the Kia Forte is also a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with CVT. This is slightly less powerful and more fuel-hungry than the Kia Forte. This engine will give you 147 hp at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb-ft of torque. Fuel efficiency is 27 in the city and 37 on the highway, combining for 31 mpg. Other engine choices include a 1.6-liter turbo inline-4 with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT transmission.

We’ve stated before that you’ll probably be ‘stuck’ with your Kia Forte for a long time and that’s reflected in the warranty offered. This is for five years or 60,000 miles, with the powertrain warranty set at ten years or 100,000 miles. The standard warranty for the Nissan Sentra is three years or 36,000 miles, with the powertrain warranty at five years or 60,000 miles.

So, which is better? There’s little to choose between them, but the Nissan Sentra comes out on top in terms of looks and resale value. The Kia Forte is beginning to look more than a little dated inside and out, and a redesign must surely be in the pipeline.

Why not test drive a Nissan Sentra today courtesy of the Charlie Clark Nissan dealership in Harlingen? You can contact us at any time at (956) 275-7807, or you can use our online contact form.


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