Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Sentra VS 2017 Kia Forte Near Warner Robins, GA

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2017 Nissan Sentra

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2017 Kia Forte

Safety Comparison

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, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

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 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 113 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Forte Sedan has not been fully tested, yet.

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 38 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it 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 110-amp alternator. The Forte Sedan’s standard 90-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Sentra with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Forte Sedan LX/S Manual (27 city/35 hwy vs. 25 city/34 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Sentra stops shorter than the Forte Sedan:



Forte Sedan


60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Sentra S/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/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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sentra’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.7% to 40.3%) than the Forte Sedan’s (62% to 38%). This gives the Sentra more stable handling and braking.

The Sentra SL handles at .83 G’s, while the Forte Sedan EX pulls only .81 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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sentra is less expensive to operate than the Forte Sedan because typical repairs cost less on the Sentra than the Forte Sedan, including $55 less for a water pump, $10 less for front brake pads and $35 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Sentra outsold the Kia Forte by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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