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The five-door hatchback will always be a popular model. It has the best of all worlds: the versatility of mega storage, and the fuel-efficiency of a small car. It’s not hard to see why so many people are loyal to hatchbacks.

If you’re looking for a zippy road companion with ample storage, you’re not alone. In a world dominated by much larger SUVs and trucks, the compact car has bucked the larger-vehicle trend, remaining a steadfast best-seller.

We’re going to compare a long-favoured model against a multi-award-winning newcomer: the Honda Civic Hatchback and the Kia Forte5. While the Civic has been a popular model for decades, the Kia Forte5 has been dominating the awards this season.

The current 3rd generation Kia Forte was unveiled in 2018, and clearly borrows its style from its sports car big brother, the Kia Stinger.

  • The Kia Forte won the AJAC 2019 Best Small Car in Canada award
  • The Kia Forte won the 2019 JD Power Highest Quality Compact Car
  • Is a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The Honda Civic base model comes standard with manual transmission, 16” alloy wheels, heated front seats, and a rearview camera.

The Forte5 keeps with Kia tradition by offering more – much more – for less. For about $2000 less than the Civic, this compact hatchback dominates when it comes to features, reliability, and quality. It’s not even a fair fight. The Forte5 boasts an unrivaled suite of standard features – heated sideview mirrors, heated steering wheel, and wireless phone charger all come standard even on the base model. With a leather-wrapped shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel, sideview signal repeaters, and stainless-steel sports pedals, none of which the rivals have, you’d never know you were in an economical compact car.

Kia also dominates when it comes to warranty, boasting a best-in-class warranty that is lightyears – and calendar years – ahead of the competition. It features a Basic 5-Year or 100,000 km, a Drivetrain 5-Year or 100,000 km, a Corrosion 5-Year/Unlimited km, and a Roadside Assistance 5-Year/Unlimited km.

Check out the chart below to see how the Kia Forte5 hatchback measures up against the Honda Civic Hatchback, and other hatchback models.

Book your test drive today! Check out our new Forte5 inventory here, and check out our used compact car inventory here.