2018 Kia Forte5 vs Honda Civic Hatchback

2018 Kia Forte5 Gateway Quakertown PA

Now that we’ve entered into a new year, car buyers should seriously consider how new technologies may advance one’s driving experience. For this comparison, we have two vehicles with great track records and upgraded technologies -the 2018 Kia Forte5 and the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback. From this comparison, you’ll see where these two models excel in style, performance, and tech-ability.

First, in 2018, the Kia Forte5 made headlines as an industry-leading hatchback packing a 201hp turbocharged engine and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All of the Forte5 trims feature standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats for customizing your cargo space and several technologies such as blind spot detection technology for the ultimate in safety. And for connecting your life, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are pre-installed.

On the other hand, the Civic Hatchback officially launched this year, promising many of the same benefits and portability as the Forte5. But it didn’t take long for Civic drivers to notice the Honda Hatchback comes with only 180hp, rating much lower than the alternative.


2018 Kia Forte5


2019 Honda Civic Hatchback


Fuel Economy (combined) 35

2.0 Liter Inline 4

Engine 1.5 Liter Inline 4

164 hp @ 6200 rpm


174 hp @ 6000 rpm

Front wheel drive

Drive-type Front wheel drive




42.2 / 35.9

Leg Room: Front/Rear (in.)

43.3 / 36.0


2018 Kia Forte5: Leading Sporty Hatchback.

Achieving a sporty and versatile appearance, brought together through angular exterior light designs, the Civic Hatchback has been described as an “aggressive” looking vehicle. Like the Forte5, Civic hatchback offers interior bells and whistles, leather seating appointments, dual-zone automatic climate control, and enough seats for 5 people. However, Honda boldly claims there is “plenty of room for cargo,” but measurements show space average and nothing to boast about.

When compared to the curved, softer edges of the Forte5, and the spaciousness of the interior cabin, the Civic Hatchback fails to unseat the Forte5 as our #1 comparison. If you’re looking for a hybrid with performance, economic mileage, classic design, and innumerable safety features, our pick is for the 2018 Kia Forte5.

If you're interested in and a sporty car with the convenience of a hatchback, and a great reputation for quality and reliability, then the Forte5 is exactly what you're looking for. Schedule a test drive today.






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