2011 Kia
Forte Koup SX
vs. 2012 Ford
Fiesta SES

2012 Ford Fiesta SES

9.8

starting from

$18,295

Reasons to buy the Ford Fiesta SES

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Good city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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Child door locks
Standard
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Premium radio
Standard
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX

9.6

Runner-up

Kia Forte Koup SX

starting from

$19,090
"Respectable clarity and full bass."
edmunds.com | talking about the Forte's stereo
"Its almost Germanic high-speed composure lends peace of mind."
edmunds.com | talking about the Forte's build-quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Forte Koup SX

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OK brakes
Disc
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Average 0-60 time
7.6 seconds
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 Ford Fiesta SES Winner: Fiesta SES
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Fiesta SES; optional upgrade on the Forte Koup SX
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Winner: Forte Koup SX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Ford Fiesta SES Winner: Fiesta SES
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Fiesta SES's satellite radio
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
Missing information
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Safety Features

Ford
Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Kia
Forte Koup SX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Forte Koup SX has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Fiesta SES; optional upgrade on the Forte Koup SX
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Ford
Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Kia
Forte Koup SX
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MSRP $18,295 vs $19,090 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 22 mpg The Fiesta SES has great city mileage and the Forte Koup SX is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Forte Koup SX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Fiesta SES's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Forte Koup SX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Fiesta SES's warranty is very limited

Entertainment System

Ford
Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Kia
Forte Koup SX
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Fiesta SES's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

Ford
Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Kia
Forte Koup SX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Road Tests

Ford
Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Kia
Forte Koup SX
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 7.6 seconds The Forte Koup SX's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fiesta SES is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 128 ft The Forte Koup SX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fiesta SES is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.9 s @ 80 mph vs 16.0 s @ 89 mph The Forte Koup SX's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Fiesta SES's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.86 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Kia
Forte Koup SX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Ford
Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Kia
Forte Koup SX
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Horsepower 120 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 173 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.5 lb/hp vs 16.4 lb/hp The Forte Koup SX has OK performance while the Fiesta SES gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 33.9 ft

Practicality

Ford
Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Kia
Forte Koup SX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 438 miles
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Cargo space Unknown vs 12.6 ft3
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front seats 50.3 ft3 vs 54.4 ft3 The Forte Koup SX has average-sized front seats, while the Fiesta SES is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 6 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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