2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Toyota Corolla Comparison in Olympia, WA

There's no denying that the Toyota Corolla is an exceptionally popular small sedan, but the Kia Forte is more than a match for this compact car. Featuring remarkable quality, exceptional performance, and a roomy interior, the Kia Forte is a natural choice. Better yet, it costs less than the Toyota Corolla! At Hanson Kia, we're dedicated to bringing you informational comparison pages to help you see how Kia models compare to the competition. Learn more about how these two cars compare below, and then experience the Forte for yourself with a test drive.

Kia Forte interior

Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla: Interior Size & Features Comparison

The Toyota Corolla may have the "compact" part down in particular! With just 88.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, it's fair to say that interior space is not its forte. That's where the aptly named Kia Forte comes into play. Step inside and you'll find a roomy cabin with 96 cubic feet of passenger volume!

Of course, there's more to comfort than just space, and Kia once again has the lead. It's true that the Kia Forte makes optional features like heated front seats available at lower trim levels than the Toyota Corolla, but it even excels when you look to standard features. The touchscreen inside the 2020 Kia Forte is 8 inches, while the one in the Toyota Corolla starts out at just 7 inches. Even getting inside your vehicle is more convenient with Kia: the 2020 Forte comes with remote keyless entry, which is an available upgrade for the Toyota Corolla.


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Kia Forte kicking up dirt while driving

Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla: Performance

The Kia Forte and the Toyota Corolla both offer multiple engine choices, but you'll find that the options in the Kia are more impressive. The entry-level engine in the Kia Forte generates 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, while the base engine in the Corolla puts out just 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. Automatic transmission is the only choice in the base Toyota Corolla, but the Kia Forte lets you choose between a six-speed manual transmission and an intelligent automatic transmission. When both vehicles are equipped with automatic transmission, the Kia Forte gets better gas mileage than the Toyota Corolla.

Maybe you want a little more "oomph" when you step on the accelerator. If that's the case, Kia is again the better choice. The sport-tuned Kia Forte GT comes with a turbocharged engine that generates 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful engine you can get in a 2020 Toyota Corolla is a 4-cylinder that puts out 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.


2020 Kia Forte safety cage

Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla: Safety

When it comes to keeping you safe, both of these cars are exceptional choices. The 2020 Kia Forte and the 2020 Toyota Corolla both received the 2020 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)! The Kia Forte comes standard with driver assist features that include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist-Line. While these can also be found in the base Toyota Corolla, the Kia Forte has another standard feature that the Corolla lacks: Driver Attention Warning. This feature alerts you if your driving indicates that you may be drowsy or distracted.


2020 Kia Forte in a natural area

Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla: Warranty

A warranty is a way of saying that a manufacturer stands behind its vehicles, and Kia has an industry-leading warranty. Choose a new 2020 Kia Forte and you'll get a limited powertrain warranty that lasts for 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. By comparison, the 6-year/60k-mile powertrain warranty covering the Toyota Corolla doesn't seem nearly as impressive. The same holds true when you look at the basic bumper-to-bumper warranty: you'll get up to 3 years or 36,000 miles in the Toyota Corolla, but 5 years or 60,000 miles in the Kia Forte!


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Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla: Value

Despite all these impressive features, you can actually drive away in a Kia Forte and spend less than you would on a Toyota Corolla! The MSRP for the 2020 Kia Forte starts at just $17,890. This is over $1,700 less than the starting MSRP of the 2020 Toyota Corolla! More space, a better warranty, superior performance, and a lower price--what more could you ask for?

2020 Kia Forte2020 Toyota Corolla
$17,890Starting MSRP*$19,600
41 Highway / 31 City (MPG)Gas Mileage (Automatic Transmission)38 Highway / 30 City (MPG)
147Horsepower139
132 lb.-ft.Torque126 lb.-ft.
96 cu. ft.Passenger Volume88.6 cu. ft.
15.3 cu. ft.Trunk Space13.1 cu. ft.
10 Years / 100,000 MilesLimited Powertrain Warranty5 Years / 60,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 MilesBasic Warranty3 Years / 36,000 Miles
8 InchesStandard Touchscreen Size7 Inches
StandardKeyless EntryAvailable Upgrade

*"Starting MSRP" is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for base model trim. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary. Kia Motors reserves the right to make changes at any time as to vehicle availability, destination, and handling fees, colors, materials, specifications, features, accessories, packages and models. See retailer for details.