Vehicle Overview

The Sentra may be one of the most recognizable names in the small sedan segment. In comparison, the Forte is still the new kid on the block, but that hasn’t stopped drivers from embracing it. It’s gone over well with automotive critics too. Some have even called the 2020 Kia Forte one of the most compelling options in the class. With the Sentra, Nissan is striving to achieve a similar value proposition that Kia does with the Forte. Toward that end, the 2020 Nissan Sentra is completely redesigned. Your local team serving Mississauga Toronto Ontario at 401 Dixie Kia has received a lot of questions about the Forte and Sentra, and to answer them, we present our 2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Nissan Sentra comparison.

Toronto ON - 2020 Kia Forte's Overview

Exterior – 2020 Kia Forte

In terms of aesthetics and form, both Kia and Nissan are true to the traditional sedan concepts. Kia distinguishes the Forte with Stinger-inspired visual cues, and Nissan offers an all-new beautiful exterior that draws inspiration from the its recent successes with the Altima and Maxima. Fundamentally, the Forte and Sentra are quite similar. The Forte has a 106.3-inch wheelbase while the Sentra’s measures 106.8 inches, and both measure 182.7 inches in length. One notable difference is that the Forte has more ground clearance—5.3 vs 4.9 inches—which may prove more practical in some environments.

Toronto ON - 2020 Kia Forte's Exterior

Interior – 2020 Kia Forte near Toronto ON

Both the Kia Forte and Nissan Sentra seat five and offer 96.0 cubic feet of passenger volume. In terms of front and rear headroom, legroom and so forth, both designs are close with fraction of an inch differences here and there. Trunk space is an area where the Forte stands out. It offers 15.3 cubic feet, which is among the best in class. The Sentra is still respectable at 14.3 cubic feet. Both vehicles offer similar options, such as heated and ventilated seats and a multi-zone automatic climate control system.

Toronto ON - 2020 Kia Forte's Interior

Mechanical – Forte specs near Toronto

Both the Forte and Sentra are front-wheel-drive sedans. The Sentra features the same powertrain across the lineup: a 149-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The base powertrain for the Forte is a 147-hp four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A CVT is optional on the FE and becomes standard on the LXS and up. The Forte GT has its own powertrain, which boasts a 201-hp turbo 1.6-liter four that provides 195 pound-feet of torque. As for the transmission, you can choose either a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto with a dual clutch.

Toronto ON - 2020 Kia Forte's Mechanical

Technology – Forte specs near Toronto ON

All Forte models feature the Uvo infotainment system, which is sophisticated and widely considered among the easier infotainment software to use. The Sentra comes with Nissan Connect, which is older and perhaps a bit basic but still manages to do most of what you expect from it. With the Forte, an 8-inch touchscreen with Android and Apple smartphone integration is standard. With the Sentra, a 7-inch display is standard, and you have to opt for the up-level S to get the larger touchscreen and Apple and Android support. Both the Forte and Sentra are in the discussion for best base driver assistance groups with technologies like automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.

Standard Equipment – 2020 Kia Forte dealer

The Kia Forte is an IIHS Top Safety Pick again, and a big part of that is a standard Drive Wise package that includes collision detection, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist. Although not a Top Safety Pick, the Sentra is no slouch in the driver assistance department. It features blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection and rear automatic emergency braking. The base infotainment system is quite a bit more robust on the Forte thanks to an 8-inch display and Apple and Android device integration. Such equipment is available with the Sentra but not until higher trim levels.

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The 2020 Kia Forte is now available to test-drive at your local Kia dealership serving Mississauga Toronto Ontario. No appointment required. Simply visit us at your convenience. If you want information not included in our 2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Nissan Sentra comparison, feel free to call us. The team at 401 Dixie Kia is also available online via email or live chat. We can provide custom quotes, assist with financing preapproval, discuss the latest specials, estimate your trade-in value and much more.

*This article is for informational purposes only, please contact the dealership for the latest information.

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