Son's Automotive Group Compares 2016 Kia Forte Koup VS 2016 Honda CR-Z Near Norcross, GA

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2016 Kia Forte Koup

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2016 Kia Forte Koup

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2016 Honda CR-Z

Safety Comparison

Both the Forte Koup and the CR-Z 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.

Warranty Comparison

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 CR-Z’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 CR-Z. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CR-Z ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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.

Engine Comparison

The Forte Koup EX’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 43 more horsepower (173 vs. 130) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (154 vs. 127) than the CR-Z CVT’s standard 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Forte Koup EX’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 43 more horsepower (173 vs. 130) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (154 vs. 140) than the CR-Z’s standard 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Forte Koup SX’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 71 more horsepower (201 vs. 130) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 140) than the CR-Z’s standard 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Forte Koup has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-Z (13.2 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Forte Koup SX’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-Z:

Forte Koup SX


Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Forte Koup has larger standard tires than the CR-Z (205/55R16 vs. 195/55R16). The Forte Koup SX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR-Z (225/40R18 vs. 205/45R17).

The Forte Koup SX’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-Z’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Forte Koup SX has standard 18-inch wheels. The CR-Z’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Forte Koup has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-Z’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Forte Koup’s wheelbase is 10.4 inches longer than on the CR-Z (106.3 inches vs. 95.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Forte Koup is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the CR-Z.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Forte Koup has standard seating for 5 passengers; the CR-Z can only carry 2.

The Forte Koup has 43.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CR-Z (92.3 vs. 49.1).

The Forte Koup has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room and 2.1 inches more front shoulder room than the CR-Z.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 CR-Z’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Forte Koup has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The CR-Z doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Forte Koup has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR-Z has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Forte Koup has standard extendable sun visors. The CR-Z doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 CR-Z EX.

The Forte Koup’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The CR-Z’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 CR-Z 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 CR-Z doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Forte Koup’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The CR-Z doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Forte Koup has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The CR-Z doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Forte Koup owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Forte Koup will cost $390 less than the CR-Z over a five-year period.

The Forte Koup will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Forte Koup will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the CR-Z.

Forte Koup


Five Year

33% to 38%

25% to 26%

Three Year

49% to 55%

40% to 42%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Kia Forte Koup will be $772 to $1190 less than for the Honda CR-Z.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Forte Koup, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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