2019 Nissan Sentra vs. 2019 Kia Forte Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Compared to metal, the Sentra’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Kia Forte Sedan has a metal gas tank.

Both the Sentra and the Forte Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Sentra’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Forte Sedan runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 40 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Sentra’s warranty.

Brakes and Stopping

The Sentra stops shorter than the Forte Sedan:

 

Sentra

Forte Sedan

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sentra has larger tires than the Forte Sedan (205/55R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The Sentra S/SV’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Forte Sedan FE’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sentra S/SV has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Forte Sedan FE.

The Sentra SV/SR/SL has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Sentra SL handles at .83 G’s, while the Forte Sedan EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The Sentra has .6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the Forte Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Sentra’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Forte Sedan FE’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

The Sentra’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Forte Sedan’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Forte Sedan because typical repairs cost less on the Sentra than the Forte Sedan, including $6 less for front struts.

Recommendations

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Kia Forte by over two to one during 2018.

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