2019 Toyota Yaris vs. 2019 Kia Forte Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Compared to metal, the Yaris’ 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 Yaris 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.


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

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Yaris for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Forte Sedan.

There are over 59 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Yaris’ warranty.


A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Yaris’ reliability 11 points higher than the Forte Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Kia is ranked fifth.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Yaris gets better fuel mileage than the Forte Sedan:








1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/39 hwy



1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

32 city/40 hwy

Forte Sedan



2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/37 hwy



FE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

31 city/41 hwy



2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Yaris’ turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Forte Sedan’s (32.2 feet vs. 34.8 feet).


The Toyota Yaris may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the Kia Forte Sedan.

The Yaris is 11.5 inches shorter than the Forte Sedan, making the Yaris easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Yaris’ 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.


The Yaris’ 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.

The Yaris XLE’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Forte Sedan’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages

The Yaris will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Yaris will retain 43.71% to 44.31% of its original price after five years, while the Forte Sedan only retains 40.27% to 40.86%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Yaris is less expensive to operate than the Forte Sedan because it costs $49 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Yaris than the Forte Sedan, including $69 less for a water pump, $73 less for a muffler, $26 less for front brake pads and $154 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Yaris will be $1778 to $4961 less than for the Kia Forte Sedan.


Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Yaris and the Kia Forte Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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