2020 Kia Forte Vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla

Black 2020 Kia Forte and white 2020 Toyota Corolla, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

The compact car class is loaded with beastly competitors, and automakers are not easing up for the 2020 model year. Within this rugged battleground, two of the most popular rides are the Kia Forte and the Toyota Corolla.

The 2020 Kia Forte is part of the third generation of the model that began for 2019. This year carries forward the excellent enhancements from the last and further optimizes the vehicle. Especially exciting are the two new performance-oriented GT and GT Line trims.

The Toyota Corolla is fully redesigned for 2020, kicking off the vehicle’s twelfth generation. Toyota has gotten flak over recent years for “phoning in” its Corolla models, relying on not much more than brand recognition to make them sell. Does the 2020 iteration shake off the accumulated malaise?

Join us below as we take a look at how the 2020 Kia Forte and 2020 Toyota Corolla compare.

2020 Kia Forte


2020 Toyota Corolla

$17,790 Starting MSRP $19,600
Up to 30 city / 40 highway Fuel Economy Up to 31 city / 40 highway
147 to 201 hp Horsepower 139 to 169 hp
15.3 cubic feet Cargo Volume 13 cubic feet
5 years / 60,000 miles Basic Warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles
10 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 5 years / 60,000 miles

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The 2020 Kia Forte impresses right off the bat with a lower starting price. This vehicle is simply loaded with value for the money, while Toyota demands a bit more from its entry-level buyers. Both vehicles have a good array of standard features.

The 2020 Kia Forte is an easy winner for Android users, as you won’t find Android Auto in the 2020 Toyota Corolla. The 2020 Forte, on the other hand, comes with both standard Apple CarPlay and standard Android Auto.

The 2020 Kia Forte also shines with higher performance numbers. This is especially apparent on the sporty GT trims which are fitted with an able, exciting 1.6-liter turbocharged powerplant that pumps out 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The 2020 Toyota Corolla, on the other hand, is not as athletic or fun-to-drive as competitors.

Finally, the 2020 Forte excels for being fitted with the excellent industry-leading warranty provided by Kia. For added security, it comes with a standard suite of Kia safety equipment.