A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Kia Forte vs. 2018 Chevy Cruze

2018 Kia Forte vs. 2018 Chevy Cruze

Car buyers examining their options will need some comprehensive and objective head-to-head comparisons to make the best possible decision. Taking a close look at the 2018 Kia Forte vs. 2018 Chevy Cruze shows just how Kia offers a very competitive and well-equipped platform which also has a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price that comes in under that of the Chevy Cruze. There was a time, not that long ago, where the Cruze may have been the class leader on several fronts, but recent changes and improvements to the Kia Forte have noticeably closed that gap. For the new model year, Kia hasn't made many obvious changes to the 2018 Forte, but the automaker did shuffle the availability of many of the compact sedan's features to build in more value to the compact sedan.

There is no denying the role the Chevy Cruze has played in the overall continued development of the compact sedan class of the automotive industry. However, Kia has quickly learned its lesson and vastly updated the 2018 Kia Forte to be a strong choice for potential buyers. While still offering a lower starting price, the 2018 Forte can be equipped with an advanced infotainment system which can also be compatible with applications from the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto suites. In fact, the base LX trim of the 2018 Forte can be equipped with the automaker's UVO telematic service which opens up an incredible world functionality. Additionally, the 2018 Kia Forte and 2018 Chevy Cruze are pretty evenly matched across each of the sedans' trim ladder, sharing many standard features.




2018 Kia Forte Vs. 2018 Chevy Cruze
2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 1.4-L, 4-Cyl.
147/132 Horsepower/Torque 153/177
Six-speed Manual Transmission Six-speed manual
$16,700 Starting MSRP $16,795


Performance specifications

Buyers considering either the 2018 Kia Forte or 2018 Chevy Cruze will want to closely considering the available powertrain choices of the of the former compared to the latter. The entry-level LX and S versions of the Kia Forte use a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 147 horsepower and comes with a six-speed manual transmission, though a six-speed automatic can be choses as an option. On the Chevy side of the equation, most versions of the Cruze use a turbocharged, 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces a little more than 150 horsepower. Spitzer Kia Cleveland buyers can also choose a version SX hatchback that makes use of a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with a peak output of 201 horsepower that is more than even the diesel-option available with the Chevy Cruze.

A front left quarter view of the 2018 Kia Forte sedan
A right profile view of a blue 2018 Kia Forte hatchback model on the road

A view from the passenger side of the front seats of the 2018 Kia Forte sedan
A look at the backseat passenger space in the hatchback version of the 2018 Kia Forte

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