Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Focus VS 2017 Kia Forte5 Near Cumming, GA

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2017 Ford Focus

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2017 Kia Forte5

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 Forte5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus (except S) offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Forte5 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Focus and the Forte5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Focus’ 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Forte5 runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 5 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SE Sedan SFE gets better fuel mileage than the Forte5:

 

 

Focus

Forte5

 

 

1.0 3 cyl./6-spd. Manual

30 city/40 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.0 3 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/38 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/38 hwy

n/a

 

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SEL/Titanium Auto 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Forte5 LX/EX (26 city/36 hwy vs. 25 city/34 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Focus 1.0 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Forte5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Forte5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

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 Forte5 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Focus’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Forte5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

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 Forte5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Focus Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Forte5 is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The Focus has .9 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more front hip room than the Forte5.

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 Forte5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Focus 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 Forte5’s optional 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 PIN entry system. The Forte5 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Focus 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 Forte5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Focus Titanium detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Forte5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Focus’ optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Forte5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Forte5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 17 years. The Forte5 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 16 years. The Forte5 has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Focus outsold the Kia Forte by 88% during the 2016 model year.

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