Both the Forte Koup and the Accord Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rearview cameras.
The Forte Koup comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Accord Coupe’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Forte Koup 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Accord Coupe. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Accord Coupe ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The camshafts in the Forte Koup’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Coupe EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Accord Coupe’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 14th.
The Forte Koup SX’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (201 vs. 185) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 181) than the Accord Coupe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the Forte Koup SX Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Coupe V6 Manual (22 city/29 hwy vs. 18 city/28 hwy).
For better maneuverability, the Forte Koup’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the Accord Coupe LX-S’ (34.8 feet vs. 37.6 feet).
The Kia Forte Koup may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 550 pounds less than the Honda Accord Coupe.
The Forte Koup is 11.2 inches shorter than the Accord Coupe, making the Forte Koup easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Forte Koup has 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 4.6 inches more rear hip room than the Accord Coupe.
The Forte Koup’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.
The Forte Koup’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord Coupe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Accord Coupe EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear windows don’t close automatically.
The Forte Koup’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Coupe EX/EX-L/Touring.
Optional air conditioned seats in the Forte Koup keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer an air conditioned driver’s seat.
On extremely cold Winter days, the Forte Koup’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Forte Koup has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Forte Koup has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer rear vents.
Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Forte Koup will be $1708 to $9540 less than for the Honda Accord Coupe.
Consumer Reports® recommends both the Kia Forte Koup and the Honda Accord Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.