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2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Kia Forte

Yellow 2018 Ford Focus ST on a Desert Highway vs Silver 2018 Kia Forte Rear Exterior on a Highway

Are you looking for an affordable, athletic and fun-to-drive compact car? Look no further than the 2018 Ford Focus at Marshal Mize Ford! A mainstay in the compact car segment, the Ford Focus features an affordable price tag, an arsenal of invigorating engine options and a smorgasbord of family-friendly features that cater to all members of the family. Learn more about the Ford Focus in this 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Kia Forte comparison that pits it against a top competitor.

Drivers who opt for the 2018 Ford Focus will have a choice of two body styles – sedan and hatchback – that are available in six trim levels – S, SE, SEL, Titanium, ST and RS – that allow you to tailor the Ford compact to fit your lifestyle and budget. With room for five passengers in a cabin that measures 90 cubic feet, the Ford Focus promises plenty of behind-the-wheel thrills without breaking the bank at the dealership or the pump.

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2018 Ford Focus VS 2018 Kia Forte
$17,950 Base MSRP $16,800
160-Horsepower 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 147-Horsepower 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder
13.2 - 23.3 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 14.9 - 23.2 Cubic Feet
350-Horsepower 2.3-Liter EcoBoost® 4-Cylinder Top Engine 201-Horsepower 1.6-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

What Are the Differences Between the Ford Focus and Kia Forte?

When you delve deeper into this 2018 Ford Focus vs 2018 Kia Forte comparison, you will find that the Ford Focus delivers an exceptional performance that the Kia Forte cannot match. With an affordable starting price tag that stands at $17,950, the Ford Focus provides more power via a 160-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, competitive fuel-economy ratings and a wealth of standard features that the Kia Forte does not possess. Base Ford Focus S trim levels feature a 4.2-inch Ford SYNC® LCD display with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, Ford MyKey® safety technology and more.

To upgrade comfort and connectivity, the Ford Focus can be equipped with an 8-inch Ford SYNC® 3 touchscreen infotainment system that provides one-touch access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With an upgrade to the Ford Focus SEL, you will enjoy a power sunroof, rear parking sensors, Ford SYNC® 3 and a 10-speaker SONY sound system. When you step up to the luxurious Ford Focus Titanium, you will discover premium leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, chrome trim and navigation.

Where the 2018 Kia Forte cannot match the 2018 Ford Focus is under the hood. Even when you step up to the top-of-the-line Kia Forte5 SX Hatchback, the 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged engine cannot match the performance-tuned Ford Focus ST Hatchback or the track-ready Ford Focus RS Hatchback. Take a look at what is available under the hood of the 2018 Ford Focus below.

Ford Focus Engine and Performance Specs

  • 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder – 160 Horsepower/146 Pound-Feet of Torque – 26 MPG City/38 MPG Highway
  • 1.0-Liter EcoBoost® 3-Cylinder (SE Sedan Only) – 123 Horsepower/125 Pound-Feet of Torque – 30 MPG City/40 MPG Highway
  • 2.0-Liter EcoBoost® 4-Cylinder (ST Hatchback Only) -- 252 Horsepower/270 Pound-Feet of Torque – 22 MPG City/30 MPG Highway
  • 2.3-Liter EcoBoost® 4-Cylinder (RS Hatchback Only) -- 350 Horsepower/350 Pound-Feet of Torque – 19 MPG City/26 MPG Highway


Gray 2018 Ford Focus Sedan on City Street
Blue 2018 Ford Focus Hatchback in Front of Glass Building
2018 Ford Focus Steering Wheel and Ford SYNC 3 Touchscreen Display
Black 2018 Ford Focus Hatchback Parked on City Street Next to Colorful Mural