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2017 Toyota Corolla vs 2017 Kia Forte in Portland OR

Serving Portland, OR Area Drivers

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2017 Toyota Corolla

If you are a driver who is in the market for an affordable yet feature-rich small car, then you have got to see the Toyota Corolla compact sedan. The Corolla was redesigned from the ground up recently, but Toyota continues to improve its popular compact with new features year after year -- all while retaining its highly affordable price tag. Drivers near Portland, OR can come and explore the latest version of the Toyota Corolla at Toyota of Portland. We have a plethora of new Corollas in stock, including in all trim levels and many different color combinations. To find your new 2017 Toyota Corolla in Portland, start shopping our online inventory now!

In addition to shopping our current inventory here on the Toyota of Portland website, you can also research Toyota models like the Corolla, and compare them to their competition. Let's see how the Toyota Corolla fairs against the likes of Kia's compact car, the Forte.

Passenger Volume

Toyota understands that drivers of small cars like the Corolla still want a spacious and highly usable interior; that is why Toyota gave the Corolla a surprisingly spacious second row of seating. The 2017 Corolla provides 41.4 inches of rear legroom versus just 35.9 inches in the Forte, which can make all the difference when it is time for that long haul road trip. In fact, the Toyota Corolla has a whole one cubic foot of additional passenger volume than the Kia Forte, and it uses that space wisely by making all five seating positions feel spacious and comfortable. Even with its more spacious cabin, the Corolla is actually smaller on the exterior, which means navigating through city traffic or in and out of tight parking spots will feel easier in the Toyota. More interior space with a more nimble exterior? Sounds like a win-win for the 2017 Toyota Corolla!

Standard Features

When it comes to gauging value in a compact car, you have to look beyond just its starting or as-tested price. A quick look at the standard features list for the 2017 Toyota Corolla and 2017 Kia Forte presents some glaring differences. For instance, with the 2017 Corolla L base model, drivers get a 6-speaker sound system, Bluetooth with voice-activated controls, cabin reading lights, and Vehicle Speed Proportional Power Steering. None of those features are provided as standard equipment on the Kia Forte LX base model, which means for similar features, you will have to upgrade and spend more money. Additional features that come standard on every 2017 Toyota Corolla include:

  • USB port
  • Bi-LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Power windows
  • Eight airbags
  • Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P)

Standard Horsepower and Performance

Nowadays, compact cars aren't synonymous with the term 'economy car' -- in more ways than one. Sure, they certainly have impressive fuel economy, but they offer more power and better handling than compact cars of years ago. Case in point are the new compacts from Toyota and Kia. Both of these sedans come with a standard 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine and feature similar horsepower -- 132 hp in the Corolla and 145 hp in the Forte. While the Kia may have a slight advantage in the horsepower department, the 2017 Corolla actually reaches its peak power output sooner, at 4400 RPM versus the 2017 Forte's peak at 4700 RPM. The new Corolla also reaches its peak torque level sooner than the Forte does (6000 RPM for the Corolla and 6500 RPM for the Forte). Peak power at a lower RPM means that Toyota's Corolla responds faster to driver input than the Forte, which is helpful for everything from off-the-line starts to passing, merging, and accelerating out of tight, low-speed corners. As the Corolla weights a bit less than the Forte, the Toyota also feels more agile in the corners.If you want a fun to drive car for not a lot of money, then hop into the Toyota Corolla for a test drive. We are confident that you will prefer its driving dynamics to its rival from Kia.

Crash Test Ratings

With the 2017 Corolla, Toyota proves that a small car can be safe. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tested both the Corolla and the Kia Forte and found the Corolla to be more crashworthy than its Kia rival. In the overall crash test rating, both cars earned five stars, but on a test by test level, the Corolla beat out the Forte consistently. For instance, in the Overall frontal barrier crash test, the new Toyota Corolla earned five stars while the Kia Forte received just four. The same goes for the Frontal Barrier driver-side crash test and the frontal barrier passenger-side test. As a bonus, for 2017, the Toyota Corolla now comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) system, which is a suite of advanced safety features not often found on other compact cars.

If you live near Portland, OR and would like to explore the Toyota Corolla further, then plan a visit to Toyota of Portland. Don't forget that you can shop our full inventory of new Toyotas, like the Corolla, here on our website. While you shop online, you might as well get pre-approved for your new auto loan, see our special lease and financing incentives, or value your trade-in vehicle, too! At our dealership location, our dedicated Toyota auto service center is here to keep your Toyota driving like new for long after you drive it off our lot. Visit Toyota of Portland today for a low price on a new Corolla or another quality-built Toyota.

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