2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Chevy Cruze

Split screen images of the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Chevy Cruze

The 2018 Kia Forte is a great option for car shoppers interested in a sedan with a compact footprint and plenty of style. The interior space of the 2018 Forte is surprisingly roomy even for adult passengers and cargo space offerings are some of the best in the compact sedan class. But, how does it stack up against competitors like the 2018 Chevy Cruze?

We compare the pricing, engine offerings, cargo space, and performance of the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Chevy Cruze below to see which sedan offers modern drivers the best mix of performance and value.

2018 Kia Forte


2018 Chevy Cruze

$16,800 Starting MSRP $16,975
2.0-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 1.4-liter four-cylinder
14.9 cubic feet Cargo Space 13.9 cubic feet
LX, S, EX Trim Levels L, LS, LT, LT Diesel, Premier

Engine Options and Performance

When it comes to performance, both the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Chevy Cruze offer drivers two engine options that are available depending on trim level chosen. Overall, the engine lineup on the 2018 Kia Forte is a little more robust with the standard option offering quite a bit more power than the standard offering on the 2018 Chevy Cruze.

The base LX and S trims on the 2018 Kia Forte will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at a healthy 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Base LX trims will pair their engine with a standard six-speed manual transmission and have an available automatic transmission as an optional upgrade. The S trim engines will come standard with the upgraded six-speed automatic transmission. Sedan shoppers interested in more power can find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque as a standard feature on the top-of-the-line EX trim.

The L, LS, LT, and Premier trims on the 2018 Chevy Cruze are all powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The second engine option, a diesel configuration, is available on only the LT Diesel trim level. The 1.6-liter diesel engine is rated at 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.

Car shoppers near Houston interested in the 2018 Kia Forte can find a variety of models available for test drive and purchase now at the Archer Kia dealership. Fill out the form below to set up a test drive or receive information on pricing and availability.