2019 Nissan Versa Sedan vs. 2019 Kia Forte Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Compared to metal, the Versa Sedan’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 Versa Sedan 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The Versa Sedan’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 Versa Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Versa Sedan second among small cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Forte Sedan was rated third in its category.

Tires and Wheels

The Versa Sedan SV offers an optional 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.

Chassis

The Nissan Versa Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Kia Forte Sedan.

The Versa Sedan is 7.3 inches shorter than the Forte Sedan, making the Versa Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Versa Sedan has 1 inch more front headroom and 1.3 inches more rear legroom than the Forte Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Versa Sedan SV’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

Consumer Reports rated the Versa Sedan’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Forte Sedan’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Versa Sedan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Versa Sedan with a number “1” insurance rate while the Forte Sedan is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Versa Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Forte Sedan because typical repairs cost less on the Versa Sedan than the Forte Sedan, including $96 less for a water pump and $62 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Versa Sedan will be $2855 to $3491 less than for the Kia Forte Sedan.

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