2023 Kia Forte vs 2023 Honda Civic Sedan Comparison

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After both receiving a major overhaul in 2022, the Kia Forte and Honda Civic are two of most popular cars on the road today. How do the Forte and Civic compare in the extremely competitive compact car category? Which is better for you? Let's find out. 

Quick Comparison Chart

Category 2023 Kia Forte 2023 Honda Civic
Base Engine 2.0 L I4 Engine (147 HP / 132 Lb-Ft of Torque) 2.0 L I4 Engine (158 HP / 138 Lb-Ft of Torque)
Upgraded Engine 1.6L Turbo Engine (201 HP / 195 Lb-Ft of Torque) 1.5L Turbo Engine (180 HP / 177 Lb-Ft of Torque)
Starting Price $20,395 $26,835
Wireless Apple Carplay & Android Auto Standard Available
Cargo Room 15.3 Cubic Feet 14.8 Cubic Feet
Warranty 5 year/100,000 km Powertrain Warranty

5 year/100,000 km Comprehensive Warranty

5 year/100,000 km Powertrain Warranty

3 year/60,000 km Comprehensive Warranty


Engine & Performance

As you can see from the chart above, both the Forte and Civic offer tons of flexibility with multiple engine options depending on the trim you opt for. While the Civic offers a slightly more powerful base engine option, the Forte offers 21 more horsepower on the powerful GT trims compared to the upgraded engine on the Civic. Both the Forte and Civic offer similar fuel efficiency across both engine set ups. 

Interior and Storage

With an identical width (70.9 inches), and wheelbases within 1 inch of each other it should be no surprise that both the Forte and Civic offer similar passenger and cargo space. The Forte does have the edge when it comes to cargo capacity, thanks to a slightly larger trunk that is perfect for fitting in an extra hockey bag or full load of groceries. Both interiors offer premium materials including leather, and offer surprisingly spacious rear seats. 


Both the Kia Forte and Honda Civic offer a standard touchscreen display across all trim levels. The standard screen for the Civic is 7 inches while the Forte’s standard screen offers a larger 8 inch display. The Civic can be upgraded to a 9 inch display while the Forte’s upgraded screen is a massive 10.25 inch screen. Both have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but the Forte has standard wireless while only higher trim levels on the Civic offer this feature. 

Pricing & Warranty

Arguably the biggest advantage that the Forte has over the Civic is in pricing. Customers comparing entry trims on both will note that the Civic is over $6000 more to get into. The Forte’s price advantage is carried through to all trim levels, so whether you want a fully loaded compact sedan or the lowest price available, the Forte is the clear winner. 

Forte owners will also enjoy lower maintenance cost throughout the life of the vehicle, with an extra 2 years and 40,000 km of comprehensive warranty coverage. 



It’s hard to go wrong when looking at the Honda Civic and Kia Forte as both vehicles offer a fun to drive compact car, loaded with the latest technology for an affordable price. However, the Kia Forte is the clear winner thanks to its combination of superior technology offerings, lower price, and longer warranty coverage. 

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