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Here at The Kia Store, we get a lot of questions about both the 2020 Kia Forte and the 2020 Honda Civic.

Which car is better? Which one is right for me? How do their features stack up? That’s why we’ve decided to write this vehicle comparison for our customers around Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Clarksville.

Learn more in the full 2020 Kia Forte Review!

2020 Kia Forte vs Honda CivicFuel Capacity and Efficiency

One of the first things that you should know about the 2020 Kia Forte is that it actually has a larger fuel capacity than the 2020 Honda Civic. In this case, the Kia Forte EX IVT trim has a 14.0-gallon fuel capacity whereas its Honda counterpart (the Civic Sedan EX CVT trim) only has a 12.4-gallon tank. Such a discrepancy could make a world of difference when you’re dealing with a compact car as efficient as the Kia Forte. It gets up to up to 31 city/41 highway MPG on some of its trim levels.1

While those numbers are great, the Honda Civic unfortunately can’t keep up. At just 30 city/38 highway MPG, we can’t say that it’s as efficient as the 2020 Kia Forte.

State-of-the-Art Safety Features

2020 Kia Forte State-of-the-Art Safety Features

Moving on…both vehicles offer great high-tech suites of driver-assistive features and systems.

On the 2020 Kia Forte, there’s Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology. Here’s an overview of its features:

  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist-Line (LKA-L)

Thankfully, the 2020 Honda Civic Honda Sensing® bundle offers plenty of comparable technology, such as both a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) and a Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM).

Advanced Cabin Technologies

2020 Kia Forte Cabin TechnologiesThere’s also a lot in the Kia Forte that’ll make all your drives as much fun as possible. For example, you can access some of your compatible smartphone’s apps via Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay® on its 8-inch color touchscreen display. Or, if you prefer to use different infotainment features, it’s also got AM/FM Radio, Aux/MP3/USB support, and Bluetooth® Audio Streaming. On the other hand, the Honda Civic is also pretty good about technology, as it features Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Integration. Software like this lets you safely interact with your messages, music, maps, voicemails, and more while you drive.

Finally, the Kia compact car includes a 3.5-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD Meter Display that puts all your crucial driving information where you can see it. The Honda Civic also offers its own Color LCD Screen, but it’s not included on the first couple of trim levels. You’ll have to pay more to install it as an upgrade.

Reach out to us today at the Kia Store to set up an exclusive test drive!

Now that you have a better sense of how the 2020 Kia Forte compares to the 2020 Honda Civic, why not take a test drive? Drop us a line to experience it for yourself close to Clarksville, Elizabethtown, and Louisville.


1EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition. These estimates reflect EPA’s revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.

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