2013 Kia Forte vs Chevy Cruze

The 2013 Kia Forte vs. the 2013 Chevy Cruze


The new 2013 Kia Forte is in stock now, and you can check it out at McGrath Kia, conveniently located near Vinton, IA. Starting at just $15,400 for the base LX model, the latest Forte is available in three body styles and three trim levels. Kia's affordable compact car will appeal to a wide range of drivers with is stylish new look and great selection of available options.

The compact car segment offers drivers a lot of options. Those shopping for a new compact car with likely also take a look at the latest Chevy Cruze. The Cruze starts at $17,130 - more than the Forte. We admit that it's a quality car, but the Forte comes out ahead in several key respects. It's with this in mind that we'd like to compare the 2013 Kia Forte EX sedan with the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT.


The 2013 Forte includes a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 156 hp. That's superior to the 2013 Cruze, which features a 1.4L four-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp. The Forte, in other words, will give you a much peppier ride.


Both sedans can seat five and include manual air conditioning. They also both feature:

  • Remote keyless entry   
  • Satellite radio   
  • CD player   
  • Front power outlet   
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat   
  • Power accessories   
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls

The latest edition of Kia's compact sedan, gives Vinton, IA drivers the option of automatic climate control and a navigation system. The Forte also includes dual illuminated vanity mirrors (which are optional on the Cruze).

Exterior Features

Both the 2013 Kia Forte and the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze feature:

  • Auto-off headlights   
  • Privacy glass   
  • Intermittent wipers