Finding a set of wheels to get you around Nicholasville, Lexington, and Frankfort, KY, is a fun and exciting process. Checking out the Kia Forte and the Toyota Corolla should make it even more exciting as both automotive titans are equipped to handle any adventure.

As is the case with many things, though, they aren't the same. At Car Town Kia, we put together this side-by-side comparison to help drivers figure out if the Kia or the Toyota would be better for them.

Engine Performance of the Kia & Toyota

The bread and butter of any ride is its engine. Under the hood of the Toyota Corolla, you'll find a standard 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that produces 139 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque. When fully equipped, the Toyota features a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that gets 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.

While those are powerful engines, if you want to maximize performance, you'll want to look closer at the Kia Forte. In its base model, it is equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that gets 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. When fully equipped, the Kia has a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Kia & Toyota Interior Dimensions

The Kia Forte and the Toyota Corolla offer a lot of space for passengers to spread out. In the front row of the Toyota, you'll get 38.3 inches of headroom and 42 inches of legroom. In the rear row, passengers will get 37.1 inches of headroom and 34.8 inches of legroom. You'll also get 13.1 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk.

However, you may need more space depending on what you're using your on-road companion for. In the event you do need more space than what the Toyota can provide, the Kia has your back. In the front, you and your co-pilot will get 38.8 inches of headroom and 42.2 inches of legroom. In the rear row, you'll get 37.5 inches of headroom and 35.7 inches of legroom.

The Kia Forte also comes with 15.3 cubic feet of cargo volume in the trunk.

Safety Features of the Kia & Toyota

If a potential collision is imminent, it's imperative your mechanical friend helps keep you safe. The Kia and Toyota were built with safety in mind and come loaded with many similar safety features, such as the standard Lane Departure Warning and the available Blind-Spot Collision Warning. That being the case, the Kia comes with a standard feature that the Toyota doesn't offer: Driver Attention Warning.

This feature can sense when you're feeling fatigued or tired and will recommend you take a break from the road with a visual message on the infotainment screen. The Toyota doesn't have this feature in any trim.

Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla: Decision

You could pick either the Kia Forte or Toyota Corolla and feel confident knowing you'll get a smooth, enjoyable ride every time. However, when you want the most from your daily drives, including engine performance, interior space, and great safety features, Car Town Kia believes drivers will prefer the Kia Forte over the Toyota Corolla.

To take a test drive in Nicholasville, Lexington, and Frankfort, Kentucky, contact us today!

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