2020 Nissan Versa vs. 2019 Kia Forte Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Versa SV/SR are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Versa has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Versa 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The Versa’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’s warranty.

Tires and Wheels

The Versa 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.

Chassis

The Versa is 5.7 inches shorter than the Forte Sedan, making the Versa easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Versa has .7 inches more front headroom and 2.3 inches more front legroom than the Forte Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The Versa A Auto/SV/SR’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 Versa SR has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Versa’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.

Model Availability

The Nissan Versa comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Kia Forte isn’t available as a station wagon.

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