Compare The New 2019 Subaru Impreza 4dr Sedan vs 2019 Kia Forte Models

May 6, 2019

When you're looking for a small sedan, you might find that many of them seem pretty much identical. This is not the case with the 2019 Subaru Impreza, a small car that really stands out. How does it compare to competitors like the popular 2019 Kia Forte? We'll take a look below. Then, head in for a test drive so you can experience the Subaru Impreza for yourself!

A view of the front row of seating in the 2019 Subaru Impreza.

Subaru Impreza vs Kia Forte: Interior

The 2019 Kia Forte has a spacious interior, with 96 cubic feet of passenger volume. But the 2019 Subaru Impreza has even more passenger space: 99.8 cubic feet! This gives you more front headroom, more front and rear leg room, as well as greater front and rear shoulder room in the Subaru Impreza.

Subaru also gives you more features at a lower price. Take the available heated front seats, for example. While they're available only on the top-of-the-line Kia Forte, you can find them on all but the entry-level Subaru Impreza.

A close-up view of the touchscreen in a 2019 Subaru Impreza, showing various apps.

Subaru Impreza vs Kia Forte: Tech Features

When it comes to technology, the Subaru Impreza and the Kia Forte both have impressive features like Apple CarPlay™ & Android™ Auto connectivity and an available 8-speaker audio system. However, the 2019 Subaru Impreza also offers 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, which is something you won't find in the 2019 Kia Forte. Subaru also uses tech to keep you safe. Take the available LED Steering Responsive Headlights, for example. These help you see better when you take corners in the dark. You won't find features like this in the Kia Forte.

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Internal view of the SUBARU BOXER Engine that powers the 2019 Subaru Impreza.

Subaru Impreza vs Kia Forte: Performance

The 2019 Subaru Impreza has an engine that generates more horsepower and more torque than the engine you'll find in the 2019 Kia Forte--but that's not all that makes it special. The engine inside the Impreza is a SUBARU BOXER® engine. Its horizontally opposed design gives it exceptional handling, decreased vibration, and a low center of gravity.

A 2019 Subaru Impreza driving on a road that's filled with water on a rainy day.

Subaru Impreza vs Kia Forte: Safety

When you're dealing with rain, snow, or rough roads, the 2019 Subaru Impreza is the perfect small sedan. It's equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which gives it impressive traction even on lower-friction surfaces. Front-wheel drive is all that you'll get with the 2019 Kia Forte.

Subaru is dedicated to your safety, and a look at the ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proves this to be true. The 2019 Subaru Impreza earned perfect five-star ratings across the board. The 2019 Kia Forte, on the other hand, got four-star ratings on the overall safety, frontal crash, and rollover categories. What's more, there are two safety concerns that were discovered in testing the Kia Forte.

Alert signs on a side mirror, illustrating the available Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross-Traffic alert feature.

Subaru Impreza vs Kia Forte: Driver Assist Technology

Every 2019 Subaru Impreza has available Subaru EyeSight®, which combines adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane keep assist, and lane departure/sway warning features. While you can find all of these features on the 2019 Kia Forte, as well, they're not available on every trim level. In fact, smart cruise control is only available on the top-of-the-line Kia Forte.

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Subaru Vehicles: The Perfect Choice

You've likely heard stories about the longevity of Subaru vehicles, but we have the numbers to back it up. An astonishing 97% of Subaru models sold within the past ten years are still on the road today, and ALG indicates that Subaru vehicles hold their value better than any other brand. This level of quality is what you can expect from a Subaru. And with features like the BOXER® engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, your Subaru will also have features not common on most other vehicles.

When the time comes to get your new Subaru, head to Byers Airport Subaru. We're part of the Byers Auto family of dealerships that has been serving Columbus since 1897, so we have a long history in the community--and it shows! We earned the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award, which recognizes our dedication to customers and the community. We have a huge inventory of new Subaru models, so look through to find the one that's just right for you--or head to the dealership for a test drive! You'll find us at 401 North Hamilton Road, Columbus, OH 43213.

2019 Subaru Impreza2019 Kia Forte
$18,595Starting MSRP*$17,790
All-Wheel DriveDrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive
145 lb-ftTorque132 lb-ft
24 City / 32 HighwayEntry-Level Fuel Economy (MPG)27 City / 37 Highway
99.8 Cubic FeetPassenger Space96 Cubic Feet
Independent Double-WishboneRear SuspensionTorsion Beam
16-InchStandard Wheels15-Inch
StandardFold-Down Rear SeatbackAvailable Upgrade
StandardAuto Up/Down Power WindowsAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.