Greene Ford Compares 2014 Ford Focus VS 2014 Kia Forte Near Cumming, GA

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2014 Ford Focus

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2014 Kia Forte

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia Forte 5-door doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Forte 5-door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Focus and the Forte 5-door have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Kia Forte 5-door:

Focus

Forte 5-door

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

179

258

Neck Injury Risk

28%

31%

Neck Stress

188 lbs.

299 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

54%

97%

Neck Stress

157 lbs.

359 lbs.

Neck Compression

78 lbs.

106 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Forte 5-door:

Focus

Forte 5-door

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head injury index

133

355

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

91 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

19 cm

19 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

1%/0%

38%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.58/.42

1.08/.78

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Kia Forte 5-door:

Focus

Forte 5-door

Front Seat

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

95

202

Chest Movement

1.3 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

212 G’s

311 G’s

Hip Force

429 lbs.

478 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

314

346

Spine Acceleration

52 G’s

80 G’s

Hip Force

566 lbs.

725 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

182

244

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

698 lbs.

836 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Focus as a “Top Pick” for 2014. The Forte 5-door is not a “Top Pick” for 2014.

Warranty Comparison

The Focus’ 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Forte 5-door runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 13th in reliability. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 21st.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Forte 5-door EX Auto (28 city/40 hwy vs. 24 city/34 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Focus gets better fuel mileage than the Forte 5-door:

Focus

Forte 5-door

4 cyl./Manual

26 city/36 hwy

n/a

Turbo 4 cyl./Manual

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

27 city/37 hwy

24 city/34 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

21 city/29 hwy

The Focus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Forte 5-door doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Forte 5-door (235/40R18 vs. 225/40R18).

The Focus Titanium offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Forte 5-door, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Focus has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Forte 5-door has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Focus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Focus flat and controlled during cornering. The Forte 5-door’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Focus uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Forte 5-door doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Focus 5dr Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Forte 5-door is rated a Small Station Wagon.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Focus 5dr Hatchback has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Forte 5-door (23.8 vs. 23.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Focus automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Forte 5-door doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Focus and the Forte 5-door have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Focus is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Forte 5-door prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Focus SE/Titanium’s front and rear power windows all 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 Forte 5-door’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Focus’ available exterior keypad. The Forte 5-door doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Focus Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Forte 5-door doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue. The Kia Forte 5-door didn't win any award.

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 15 years. The Forte 5-door has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Focus was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 14 years. The Forte 5-door has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Focus outsold the Kia Forte by almost four to one during 2013.

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