Kia Forte S 
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Kia Forte EX 
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Many of our customers love the 2018 Kia Forte. It's affordable and practical, but more than that, it's comfortable and full of entertainment features. Deciding on the Kia Forte is easy. But new car shoppers will still have to choose a trim package. The 2018 Forte has three. Here, we've compared the mid- and top-level trim packages: the 2018 Kia Forte S and Forte EX. Read on to learn more.


2018 Kia Forte S vs. EX: Top Features

The 2018 Kia Forte S comes with all the features you want in a new car, and even more are available with the optional Technology and Premium feature packages. The top-of-the-line EX edition shows off with several premium features you will love.

Model2018 Kia Forte S2018 Kia Forte EX
Exterior Color Options56
Interior Color Options12
Interior Materials
  • Black sport cloth seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Soft-touch door panels
S features plus:
  • Leather seats
Cabin Comfort
  • Air conditioning
  • 6-way adjustable driver's seat
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear vents
  • Available 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat and memory
  • Heated front seats
  • Available ventilated front seats
Connectivity and Entertainment
  • 6-speaker audio
  • SiriusXM® radio
  • UVO infotainment
  • Bluetooth®, USB, and AUX
S features plus:
  • SiriusXM® Traffic
  • Available navigation
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™
  • Advanced airbags
  • Hill-start assist
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Backup camera
S features plus:
  • Blind spot detection
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane change assist

2018 Kia Forte S vs. 2018 Kia Forte EX Interior & Technology Trim Comparison in Springfield, MO

2018 Kia Forte S vs. EX: Performance

The 2018 Kia Forte S has a sport-tuned suspension, giving it a small advantage over the Kia Forte EX trim package in handling. Meanwhile, the Forte EX has a more powerful engine, though less impressive fuel economy, than the S edition. 

Performance specs are described in the table below.

Model2018 Kia Forte S2018 Kia Forte EX
Engine2.0L Atkinson Cycle I42.0L I4
Horsepower147 HP164 HP
Torque132 lb.-ft.151 lb.-ft.
Transmission6-speed automatic6-speed automatic
Best Fuel Economy29 MPG city/37 MPG highway/32 MPG combined25 MPG city/33 MPG highway/28 MPG combined
Turning Circle34.8 ft.34.8 ft.

2018 Kia Forte S vs. EX: Price

You can take home the 2018 Kia Forte S for just $19,300 MSRP. The top-level 2018 Kia Forte EX trim package, meanwhile, is $21,600 MSRP - still an impressively affordable compact sedan, considering the list of premium features included.

To find the best deals and specials on new Kia Forte models in the Springfield, MO area, make sure to visit our incentives page.

Test Drive a New 2018 Kia Forte at Youngblood Kia

We recommend that anyone who is still undecided as to which trim package they'd like to buy take a test drive at our Kia dealership in Springfield, MO. A member of our team will join you to point out all the features and how to use them. If you already know which trim package of the new 2018 Kia Forte you plan to take home, jump ahead to our new vehicle inventory.

If you have questions about the Kia Forte or about our dealership that you would like answered before your visit, please fill out our contact form or call (866) 825-9532 any time during regular business hours.

2018 Kia Forte S vs. 2018 Kia Forte EX Trim Comparison in Springfield, MO