2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Ford Focus

Split screen images of the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Ford Focus

Two well-rounded sedan models to consider for the 2018 model year are the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Ford Focus. Both offer comparable lists of standard and available features, a budget-friendly price tag, and hatchback variants. Though, the 2018 Kia Forte may offer a little more bang for the buck with a smaller starting MSRP and a more-powerful base engine.

In this post, we will be focusing on the 2018 Kia Forte Sedan and 2018 Ford Focus Sedan models only. But, if these options don't quite hit the mark for you, consider looking at their hatchback counterparts. Find additional specs for each sedan model below.

2018 Kia Forte


2018 Ford Focus

$16,800 Starting MSRP $17,860
25/34 Fuel Economy 25/34
173 Base Horsepower 160
14.9 cubic feet Base Cargo Space 13.2 cubic feet

Passenger Volume and Cargo Space

Just because a sedan has a smaller footprint than other vehicle classes doesn't mean that car shoppers can't find a sedan model that gives them the passenger and cargo hauling options they need. The 2018 Kia Forte maximizes every square inch of interior space making it easy for drivers to manage hauling extra passengers and their cargo during daily drives.

The 2018 Forte offers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space inside the trunk and has a passenger volume of 96.2 cubic feet. The 2018 Ford Focus offers a slightly smaller 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk and 90 cubic feet of passenger space. Rear passengers in the 2018 Forte will especially appreciate the extra passenger volume that results in over 2 extra inches of legroom in rear seats when compared to the rear seats in the 2018 Focus.

Test out the interior space of the 2018 Kia Forte for yourself at the Paul Cerame Kia dealership in St. Louis, Missouri. Stop by the dealership during normal business hours to set up a test drive or schedule one online or by phone. Car shoppers can also find additional 2018 Kia Forte research pages and blog posts on the Paul Cerame Kia website to aid in further research.