The 2014 Nissan Sentra is a four-door, five passenger sedan with a current MSRP of $15,990. It’s achieved an average mileage of 27/36 from a 13.2 gallon tank, and comes in several different styles. The basic version offers a six-speed manual transmission system, while the other variants use a continuously variable automatic transmission system.
The 2014 Kia Forte is a similar sedan, with a starting MSRP of $15,900. It offers a comparable 25/37 rating for mileage, making it slightly less efficient for casual city driving, and comes in three different styles.
The Sentra offers bold LED headlights and turn indicators, along with options for heated exterior mirrors to help improve vision while driving in certain weather conditions. Basic wheels are seventeen inches and made of an alloy, making them strong enough to handle just about anything a city car will be doing. The Sentra is also equipped with three different driving modes to help maximize fuel efficiency in a variety of areas.
The Forte offers a basic selection of items, including fifteen-inch steel wheels and optional turn indicators. Most exterior features are only available on the EX style of the car (MSRP: $19,500), with selections like a power sunroof, folding mirrors, and a fog light at that price range.
The Nissan Sentra offers a decent selection of interior features for its price range, including controls set into the steering wheel, a center navigation panel, and a respectable interior audio system. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 combination, and provide a maximum of 15.1 cubic feet of storage space for groceries and similar items. Heated seating is available to help with the colder months.
The Kia Forte offers a four-speaker interior audio system and a trip computer, but is otherwise limited to the basics in terms of comfort and options.
Both vehicles include all of the expected safety and control features of modern vehicles. The Sentra adds Nissan’s multiple levels of detection and protection, while the Forte only has the basics of airbags, latches, and tire monitoring.
The Nissan Sentra offers more features and comforts than the Kia Forte, along with a slightly greater maximum capacity for cargo at only the smallest difference in price. As such, it’s a better bargain for any family looking to get an entry-level sedan for their basic transportation needs.