Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2016 Ford Focus VS 2016 Kia Forte Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2016 Ford Focus

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2016 Kia Forte

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Focus have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia Forte Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Focus’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Focus’ optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Focus’ optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Focus and the Forte Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Kia Forte Sedan:

Focus

Forte Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

201

257

Neck Injury Risk

31.3%

33%

Neck Stress

239 lbs.

322 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

168/250 lbs.

72/496 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

207

435

Neck Injury Risk

39.5%

40%

Neck Compression

41 lbs.

101 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Forte Sedan:

Focus

Forte Sedan

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

133

149

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

19 cm

21 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Focus is safer than the Kia Forte Sedan:

Focus

Forte Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

248

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.2 inches

Hip Force

293 lbs.

469 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

347

407

Spine Acceleration

60 G’s

77 G’s

Hip Force

626 lbs.

852 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

41 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Focus as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Forte Sedan is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

The Focus’ 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Forte Sedan runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Focus’ warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Focus’ standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (160 vs. 145) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 130) than the Forte Sedan LX’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Focus 4 cyl. is faster than the Forte Sedan EX 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Focus

Forte Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.7 MPH

85.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Focus SFE 3 cyl. SMG gets better fuel mileage than the Forte Sedan LX Auto with its standard engine (28 city/40 hwy vs. 26 city/39 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Focus 1.0 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Focus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Focus stops much shorter than the Forte Sedan:

Focus

Forte Sedan

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Focus Titanium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Forte Sedan (235/40R18 vs. 215/45R17).

The Focus Titanium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Forte Sedan EX’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Focus Titanium offers optional 18-inch wheels. The Forte Sedan’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Focus Titanium offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Forte Sedan, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Focus has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Forte Sedan has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Focus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Focus flat and controlled during cornering. The Forte Sedan’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Focus’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.5% to 41.5%) than the Forte Sedan’s (62.1% to 37.9%). This gives the Focus more stable handling and braking.

The Focus Titanium Sedan handles at .88 G’s, while the Forte Sedan EX pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Focus Titanium Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Forte Sedan EX (27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Focus Hatchback is 7.8 inches shorter than the Forte Sedan, making the Focus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Focus uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Focus Sedan is quieter than the Forte Sedan EX:

Focus

Forte Sedan

Full-Throttle

73 dB

80 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Focus has .9 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Forte Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Focus Titanium’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Forte Sedan EX’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Focus’ available exterior PIN entry system. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Focus Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Focus won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Kia Forte Sedan only won one award.

The Focus was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 17 years. The Forte Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Focus was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 4 of the last 16 years. The Forte Sedan has never been an “All Star.”

The Ford Focus outsold the Kia Forte by almost three to one during the 2015 model year.

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