Son's Automotive Group Compares 2016 Kia Forte Koup VS 2016 Honda Civic Near Braselton, GA

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2016 Kia Forte Koup

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2016 Kia Forte Koup

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2016 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

Both the Forte Koup and the Civic 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 Civic’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 Civic. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Civic 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 15 more horsepower (173 vs. 158) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (154 vs. 138) than the Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Forte Koup SX’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 27 more horsepower (201 vs. 174) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 162) than the Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Forte Koup SX’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Civic:

Forte Koup SX


Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Forte Koup SX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Civic (225/40R18 vs. 215/55R16).

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 Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Forte Koup SX has standard 18-inch wheels. The Civic’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 Civic’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the Forte Koup’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Civic’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Forte Koup has 1.8 inches more rear headroom, 5.4 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Civic Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Forte Koup has a much larger trunk than the Civic Coupe (13.3 vs. 12.1 cubic feet).

The Forte Koup’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Forte Koup’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 Civic EX/EX-T/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 Civic 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 Civic doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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