2021 Kia Forte vs. 2021 Nissan Sentra in Mississauga, ON

Two of the crown jewels of their respective brand’s car lineups, the 2021 Kia Forte and 2021 Nissan Sentra exist as a perfect pair to compare and contrast for the modern driver. Both of these sedans get the memo of being compact, but still comfortable and spacious inside, filled with the utmost of safety and intelligent tech. Across exterior, interior, performance and safety features, follow along with us at 401 Dixie Kia as we go over why one of these cars should be in your future!

Exterior Features

Kia Forte Exterior

The 2021 Forte is predominantly a compact, but doing so without any sacrifices, still presenting an incredibly handsome and modern design that fits just as well on city streets as it does exploring those in the country. 7 trims are available, for whatever you want out of your compact sedan, highlighted by the top two GT and GT Limited trim levels that take all of its sport elements to an entirely new level, with unique accents, paddle shifter drive mode, sport bucket seats and more.

Nissan Sentra Exterior

The 2021 Sentra posits your typical modern sedan design, trying to cover every aspect of style, size, design and function, and ticking each box but never expertly succeeding in any one aspect that particularly puts it ahead of its competition. Unique colour options are available, like Electric Blue and Super Black/Monarch Orange Metallic to help make its exterior pop.

Specifications:2021 Kia Forte EX2021 Nissan Sentra S
Length (mm/in)4,640 / 182.64,640 / 182.7
Width (mm/in)1,800 / 70.91,816 / 71.5
Height (mm/in)1,435 / 56.51,435 / 56.5
Wheelbase (mm/in)2,700 / 106.32,711.5 / 106.8
Curb Weight (kg/lbs)1,256 - 1,319 / 2,769 - 2,9081,349 / 2,974

Interior Features

Kia Forte Interior

Comfort and tech mix and match inside the Forte. Warm up or cool down, depending on the weather Mississauga has doled out, with the heated and air-cooled seats and heated steering wheel. Not only can you connect your smartphone to the 8-inch touchscreen, but wirelessly charge it as well. For the audiophiles on board, bask in the Harman Kardon premium audio system, sure to satisfy even the most discerning listener.

Nissan Sentra Interior

The Nissan Sentra is all about smart technology. That comes in the form of a remote engine start and push-button ignition, as well as handy rear door alert. Climate control is a pillar of the Sentra’s interior just like the Forte, with heated front seats and steering wheel alongside Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control. Dimension-wise, it’s pretty close to split for similar space available, with each car trading off large specifications inside.

Specifications:2021 Kia Forte EX2021 Nissan Sentra S
Head Room (front) (mm/in)985 / 38.7998.1 / 38.9
Head Room (rear) (mm/in)952 / 37.4933.1 / 36.7
Shoulder Room (front) (mm/in)1,425 / 56.11,431.5 / 56.4
Shoulder Room (rear) (mm/in)1,405 / 55.31,385.1 / 54.5
Hip Room (front) (mm/in)1,346 / 53.01,358.5 / 53.5
Hip Room (rear) (mm/in)1,298 / 51.11,352.6 / 53.3
Leg Room (front) (mm/in)1,073 / 42.21,116.5 / 44.0
Leg Room (rear) (mm/in)906 / 35.6906 / 35.6
Total Interior Volume2,718 / 96.02,719 / 96.1
Cargo Capacity (L/cu-ft)434 / 15.3404.9 / 14.3

Performance & Capability

Kia Forte Performance

While the lower level Forte trims are just a smidge behind the Sentra in horsepower and torque, that’s not all that the Forte is working with. The GT Limited trim brings along a 1.6L Turbo GDI engine that reaches up to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque on this sport trim. But, if power isn’t your need and efficiency is, the Forte on those lower trims offers exceptional economy for long trips between the pumps.

Nissan Sentra Performance

The Sentra may look sporty, but it can’t quite live up to its exterior’s expectations, only able to match performance out of the one engine, unable to reach the heights of the Forte’s top level. The Sentra’s main performance claim, as it can’t match the engine specs of others, is its focus on handling, through its wide build, D-shaped steering wheel and rear multi-link suspension for a smooth ride.

Specifications:2021 Kia Forte EX2021 Nissan Sentra S
Engine2.0L MPI2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
Torque (lb-ft)132146
TransmissionIntelligent Variable Transmission6-speed manual
Fuel Efficiency (combined) (L/100 km)6.98


Kia Forte Safety

A wide selection of safety features find themselves inside the Forte, from performance to driver-assist. Electronic Stability Control, 4-wheel ABS and Hill-Assist Control help you over any road you find yourself on, while Lane Keep Assist, Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic alert are perfect for both highway driving and parking.

Nissan Sentra Safety

The safety and driver assist technology in the Sentra continues to be a Nissan advantage, thanks to their variety of systems at your disposal. From its Safety Shield 360 to the Intelligent Around View Monitor to advanced safety tech like the Traction Control System and Vehicle Dynamic Control, the Sentra packs a lot into its small frame.

Kia Forte vs. Nissan Sentra Verdict

Starting at a price of $17,895 for the 2021 Kia Forte and $19,198 for the 2021 Nissan Sentra, even at its initial base level it’s easier to get into the Kia than the Nissan. The Kia Forte further nudges itself ahead by checking off every category: it’s compact but still with a ton of space, has a great deal of comfortable tech and safety features and expertly outdoes itself with the capability of its top tier sport trims. While the Sentra has a lot going for it, and checks a lot of the same boxes, it can’t quite mimic the sport and performance heights of the Forte on its top trims.


Experience the Kia Forte for yourself by taking a test drive, whether at our dealership or from home. We’re your one-stop experience for everything Kia in the Mississauga and Toronto area, for research, shopping, service and parts! Book an appointment with us at 401 Dixie Kia and enjoy one of the best vehicle buying experiences here in the GTA! For any questions on the Forte or our dealership, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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