2018 Kia Forte vs Honda Civic

When you're navigating the busy streets of Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg, you want a compact sedan that'll get you in and out of tight spaces with ease.

Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg compared two popular models-the 2018 Kia Forte and Honda Civic-to help drivers decide which sedan is the better match for their daily needs.

2018 Kia Forte

2018 Honda Civic

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Multi-Media Infotainment System



Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™

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2018 Kia Forte vs Honda Civic Safety Features

Both the 2018 Forte and Civic have safety features you can count on, like a Forward Collision Warning System and Lane Departure Warning System.

The Kia Forte, however, offers several available blind spot monitoring systems that the Honda Civic lacks.

The Forte offers an available Blind Spot Detection system with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. These features work together to notify drivers when a vehicle enters their side or rear blind spots.

The Honda Civic offers an available system that projects a video of the driver's blind spot when their turn signal is activated. However, this is more of a passive feature as it does not provide an audible warning to drivers to keep alert.

The Kia Forte also features available Dynamic Bending Light headlights that move with the vehicle for improved visibility around curves when driving at night.

The Honda Civic does not offer a comparable feature, so drivers will not have the benefit of improved visibility that the Kia Forte provides.

Forte and Civic Transmission Options

The base trims for both models come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission for those who like to feel more of a sense of control over their driving experience.

For drivers who want to let the car do the shifting for them, the 2018 Honda Civic offers a Continuously Variable Transmission option.

The Forte, however, features an available electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®.

This exclusive feature allows drivers to control their vehicle in a limited manual mode when desired. So, drivers get the feel of a manual transmission with the protection and efficiency of an automatic.  This is a great option for drivers who want a sportier experience.

Entertainment and Convenience

If you're looking to add some fun to your morning commute, both sedans accommodate standard Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free audio streaming through your smartphone.

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ are available in both the Forte and Civic as well, but the Honda does not make the technology available in the base trim like the Forte does.

The Kia Forte also makes UVO available for all trims. This system provides hands-free access to the included features:

  • Music
  • Navigation
  • Text messages
  • 911 Connect
  • Parking Minder
  • Vehicle diagnostics
  • Curfew limit

The Honda Civic offers an app with parking reminders, vehicle diagnostics, and service appointments, but it doesn't include the fully hands-free experience or the multi-media features you'll find in the Kia UVO system.

Take the 2018 Kia Forte for a Test Drive

After comparing the 2018 Kia Forte vs. the 2018 Honda Civic, the Kia Forte is our top pick for safety, transmission options, and convenience features.

If you're ready to take the 2018 Kia Forte for a spin around the Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg areas, Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg can get you behind the wheel.

Schedule your Kia Forte test drive today!

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Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg

6302 Carlisle Pike
Directions Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

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