As Marlton area drivers ourselves, we know that compact sedans, like the 2020 Honda Civic and Kia Forte, are ideal for zipping through the crowded streets of Mt. Laurel and Cherry Hill, NJ. Their smaller size makes them easy to park, while their powerful engine specs add an extra dose of agility.

If you're considering either of these vehicles, you're probably wondering which is the most ideal fit for your lifestyle. That's why the team at Burns Honda wrote this Civic vs. Forte comparison. Check it out to see how these sedans measure up. Then, contact us to schedule a test drive!

Start Your Engines: Honda Civic vs Kia Forte

When you turn the key in the ignition of the 2020 Honda Civic or Kia Forte, it's common to feel a thrill as the engine comes to life and springs into action. Both sedans in our contest today feature a standard 2.0L I-4 engine that delivers a healthy dose of power, which you can check out below:


2020 Honda Civic

2020 Kia Forte

Standard engine

158-horsepower 2.0L I-4

147-horsepower 2.0L I-4

Available engine

174-horsepower 1.5L Turbo


Even though the Civic and Forte come standard with the same engine, the Civic gives you a bit more giddy-up. It delivers 158 horsepower compared to 147 horsepower from the Forte. Not only that, but the Honda also has an upgrade option to the available 1.5L turbocharged I-4. This engine generates 174 horsepower. Unfortunately, the Kia doesn't offer any other engines or comparable horsepower.

Still, it's worth noting that both cars give you several transmission options. The Civic and Forte both let you take control with an available 6-speed manual transmission. If you prefer to sit back and relax, both sedans have a continuously variable transmission (CVT) option as well.

Inside the Cabin of the Civic and Forte

Next, let's get behind the wheel. If the weather's chilly, go ahead and turn on the heated seats, which are available in both the Honda Civic and Kia Forte. As we pull out of our parking space, you may notice the available touchscreen display in the center stack turns into an available rearview camera. This gives you a clearer view of the area behind you while in reverse.

When we look around the cabin, we see that both sedans can comfortably seat five passengers. However, the Civic offers a bit more room, as you can see here:


2020 Honda Civic

2020 Kia Forte

Passenger volume

97.8 cubic feet

96 cubic feet

Legroom (front/rear)

42.3/37.4 inches

42.2/35.7 inches

If you're bringing rear-seat passengers, they may have more space to stretch out when inside the Civic, which gives them an extra 1.7 inches of legroom than the Forte. This isn't surprising since the Honda also has an extra 1.8 cubic feet of total passenger volume than the Kia does.

Otherwise, both sedans have approximately 15 cubic feet of trunk space, which is ideal for carrying home groceries after your weekly shop at the store.

Crossing the Finish Line in the 2020 Honda Civic and Kia Forte

Now that you've had a look at how the 2020 Honda Civic and Kia Forte compare, we hope that you have a better idea of which one you want to drive through Marlton, Mt. Laurel, and Cherry Hill, NJ. If the Civic is calling your name, contact the team at Burns Honda and we'll put you behind the wheel.

Contact us to test drive the Honda Civic today!

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