2011 Kia
Forte EX
vs. 2012 Ford
Fiesta SE

2011 Kia Forte EX

9.8

starting from

$17,590
"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 EX

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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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Spacious front seats
55.8 ft3
2012 Ford Fiesta SE

9.8

starting from

$16,295

Reasons to buy the Ford Fiesta SE

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Less safe for the driver in side collisions
4 stars
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Child door locks
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Forte EX Winner: Forte EX
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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
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.5
2012 Ford Fiesta SE Winner: Fiesta SE
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  • The Fiesta SE has 2.0x less risk of serious injury, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Performance - vs -
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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 -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.8 vs 9.8

Cost

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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MSRP $16,295 vs $17,590 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 25 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Forte EX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Fiesta SE's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Forte EX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Fiesta SE's warranty is very limited

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 11% to 20% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Luxury Features

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Performance

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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Horsepower 120 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 156 HP @ 6,200 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 Unknown
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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 17.8 lb/hp The Forte EX has OK performance while the Fiesta SE 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 SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 466 miles
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Cargo space Unknown vs 19.4 ft3
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front seats 50.3 ft3 vs 55.8 ft3 The Forte EX has roomy front seats, but the Fiesta SE 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 Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 132 ft The Forte EX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fiesta SE is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.9 s s @ 80.0 mph mph vs 17.6 s s @ 80.8 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.79 g The Fiesta SE has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Forte EX
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Forte EX 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 SE; optional upgrade on the Forte EX
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Entertainment System

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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Number of speakers 4 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Fiesta SE, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Kia Forte EX 2011 Kia Rio LX Forte EX vs Rio LX
2011 Kia Forte EX 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Forte EX vs Accent GLS
2011 Kia Forte EX 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Forte EX vs Cruze LT
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Volkswagen Golf Fiesta SE vs Golf
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Ford Fusion SE Fiesta SE vs Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiesta SE vs 500 Pop
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Toyota Yaris Fiesta SE vs Yaris
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Honda Civic Si Fiesta SE vs Civic Si

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