Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Sentra VS 2016 Kia Forte Near Warner Robins, GA

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2016 Nissan Sentra

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2016 Kia Forte

Safety Comparison

The Sentra SR/SL offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Forte Sedan doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Sentra (except S)’s 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 Sentra (except S)’s 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 Sentra and the Forte Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

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

Sentra

Forte Sedan

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

305 lbs.

322 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

195/290 lbs.

72/496 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 Nissan Sentra is safer than the Forte Sedan:

Sentra

Forte Sedan

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

131

149

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

6 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia forces R/L

1.5/.5 kN

1.6/1.2 kN

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 Nissan Sentra is safer than the Kia Forte Sedan:

Sentra

Forte Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

108

248

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

184 G’s

212 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

204

407

Spine Acceleration

57 G’s

77 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

515 lbs.

647 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sentra its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2016, a rating granted to only 73 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Forte Sedan is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Sentra’s 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 73 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sentra’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sentra has a standard 110-amp alternator. The Forte Sedan’s 90-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sentra first among compact cars in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Forte Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Sentra is faster than the Forte Sedan LX (automatics tested):

Sentra

Forte Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra FE+ gets better fuel mileage than the Forte Sedan LX Auto (30 city/40 hwy vs. 26 city/39 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra gets better fuel mileage than the Forte Sedan:

Sentra

Forte Sedan

1.8 4 cyl./Manual

27 city/36 hwy

25 city/37 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Manual

1.8 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/39 hwy

26 city/39 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Auto

n/a

24 city/35 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Sentra has larger tires than the Forte Sedan (205/55R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The Sentra S/FE+/SV’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Forte Sedan LX’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sentra S/FE+/SV has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Forte Sedan LX.

The Sentra SV/SR/SL has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Sentra has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire 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

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

The Sentra’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.7% to 40.3%) than the Forte Sedan’s (62.1% to 37.9%). This gives the Sentra more stable handling and braking.

The Sentra SL handles at .83 G’s, while the Forte Sedan EX pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sentra has .3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and 1.5 inches more rear legroom than the Forte Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sentra’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Forte Sedan’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Sentra has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Forte Sedan only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sentra SR/SL offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Forte Sedan doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Sentra will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Sentra will retain 50.53% to 51.54% of its original price after five years, while the Forte Sedan only retains 45.05% to 46.95%.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Nissan Sentra and Kia Forte Sedan won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

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