2021 Kia Forte vs. 2021 Subaru Impreza

How Does the 2021 Kia Forte Stack Up Against the 2021 Subaru Impreza?

The new 2021 Kia Forte is known for its large amount of features and affordable price. The Forte offers advanced technology, agile driving, and a robust interior design. For those that are interested in maneuverability, fuel efficiency, and convenience, the new Forte is a great choice.

Many compact cars are designed for the comfort and convenience of everyday drivers, but the Kia Forte offers a distinct driving experience that will increase your enjoyment during your daily commute. The 2021 Subaru Impreza offers its own set of impressive features, but does it match the capabilities and design of the new Forte? Find out how when these two compact cars go head-to-head.

2021 Kia Forte
2021 Subaru Impreza

Interior & Exterior Features

Interior Volume: The Impreza offers more interior volume, but the Forte has more cargo space than the Impreza sedan and more headroom for the second row. Your backseat passengers will enjoy the ride in the Forte just a bit more than they will with the Impreza. You can also enjoy more storage space with the Forte, offering you just a bit more room for your next shopping trip. Interior Features: When comparing the interior features of the base models of the Forte and Impreza, it's quickly clear that the Forte offers many more. The features that you will find for the Forte that aren't available for the Impreza include ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a six-way adjustable front seat for your passenger. The Impreza is a lot of things, but it's not nearly as accommodating as the Forte. Exterior Features: The Forte and Impreza have several exterior features that are similar, but the Forte also offers an available power sunroof with tilt and available power heated exterior mirrors. The Forte also employs the available Smart Trunk™ feature, which automatically opens the trunk space when you stand behind with your Smart Key - the Impreza does not offer this feature at all.

Performance and Utility

  • Performance: The Forte and Impreza have similar engines, however, the Impreza has a bit more horsepower, and the Forte utilizes multi-port fuel injection technology instead of direct injection. With that in mind, the Impreza is only limited to one engine option. The Kia Forte also offers a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which delivers 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque
  • Fuel Economy: When equipped with the continuously variable transmission, Kia Forte drivers will enjoy an EPA-estimated 31/41 mpg city/highway - this handily beats the Impreza's fuel economy of 28/36 mpg city/highway.


  • Infotainment System: The Kia Forte lineup is well-known for offering a unique experience inside for its driver, ensuring you get the best when you head out for the day. The lineup is standard with smartphone integration, as well as an eight-inch touchscreen for easy access. The Subaru Impreza offers an eight-inch touchscreen as well, but you need to pay extra to enjoy the same feature.
  • Safety Features: The Subaru lineup is often known for its safety features, with the Impreza not disappointing thanks to the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. However, this package is only optional with the first few trim configurations. The Forte includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist-Line standard with its lineup.

Warranty Coverage

  • Warranty Options: The Kia Forte's basic warranty comes with 24,000 extra miles, and the powertrain warranty offers an extra 40,000 miles than what is available for the Impreza, meaning you will have peace of mind for longer.

Which Compact Car Will Suit Your Lifestyle Best?

The Subaru Impreza has several advantages when it comes to power and interior space, but if you want more interior and exterior features without paying extra, then the Forte could be best for you. When you look at the assurance the Forte's warranty gives and how the prices are similar when equipped with comparable features, then the scales may tip towards the new Forte.

If you want to see what the new 2021 Kia Forte is capable of in person, then schedule a test drive and discover all its exciting features!

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