Comparison - Lexus ES 300h 2018 - vs - Kia Forte EX 2019

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Make: 
Model: 
Average Price: 
41,820
Updated: 
09 Jun 2018
$
21,990
Updated: 
28 Dec 2018
Car Type: 
Car
Car
Drive Type: 
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive
Year: 
2018
2019
Total Seating: 
5
5
Transmission: 
Continuously Variable-speed Automatic
Continuously Variable-speed Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
no
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
5
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
17.20gals
14.00gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Gravity Grey
#666d79
Aurora Black Pearl
#191a1a
Snow White Pearl
#ffffff
Fire Orange
#fe6356
Currant Red
#b5484b

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

The Lexus ES 300h receives no major changes for 2018.

PROS
Efficient hybrid powertrain returns high fuel economy
Luxurious interior with impressive fit and finish
Plenty of rear legroom, even for tall passengers
Lots of standard driver aids, and plenty of optional ones

CONS
Lots of noise while the electric motor recharges the battery
Enform app suite is a poor substitute for Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Grabby brakes make it difficult to slow down smoothly
Infotainment system's controller is frustrating to use

By: 
edmunds.com

The 2018 Lexus ES Hybrid ranked #10 in Luxury Midsize Cars. Currently the Lexus ES Hybrid has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 32 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Elegant, comfortable cabin
Above-average predicted reliability score
Outstanding fuel economy rating
Silky smooth ride

Cons
Burdensome infotainment system with distracting control pad
Trunk size is among the smallest in the class

By: 
usnews.com

If you’re after a smooth, quiet, roomy, comforting luxury sedan that’s still good value, the 2018 Lexus ES may be one of the better choices.

Pros
Silent interior
40-mpg hybrid model
Larger inside than you’d think
Smooth ride
Engine pep

Cons
Brake feel could be better
Remote Touch interface clumsy, distracting
Grille doesn’t gel with rest of car
No Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2019 Kia Forte pairs stylish good looks with a lot of features, making it a compact sedan standout.

Pros
Long hood, short trunk shape
Lots of safety and tech for money
Good fuel economy
Spacious interior

Cons
Not particularly quick
Some rivals are cheaper to start
Base Forte FE hardly lavish
No hatchback—for now

By: 
thecarconnection.com

The 2019 Kia Forte ranked #1 in Compact Cars. Currently the Kia Forte has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 16 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Cavernous trunk volume
User-friendly technology
Plenty of rear legroom
Good fuel economy

Cons
So-so engine power
Slightly stiff ride quality

By: 
usnews.com

The Kia Forte sedan has been fully redesigned for 2019.

Pros
Plenty of features for the money
Strong fuel economy estimates
Generous warranty coverage

Cons
Stiff ride quality
Back seat isn't quite as roomy as those of some rivals

By: 
edmunds.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Regular Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
40.00mpg
30.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
39.00mpg
40.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
16
16
Cylinders: 
4
Inline
4
inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
2.50L
2.00L
Torque: 
132ft-lbs
at 4 500rpm
Horsepower: 
200hp
at 5 700rpm
147hp
at 6 200rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
37.40Feet
34.80Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
no
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
no
no
Side view Camera: 
no
no
On steering wheel: 
Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
Leather Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition
Adaptive Cruise Control
leather steering wheel
keyless ignition

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
193.30in
182.70in
Width: 
71.70in
70.90in
Height: 
57.10in
56.50in
Ground Clearance: 
5.30in
Wheel Base: 
111.00in
106.30in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
38.80
Rear Head Room: 
37.50
Front Leg Room: 
42.20in
Rear leg room: 
35.70in
Front Hip Room: 
53.00in
Front Shoulder Room: 
56.10in
Rear Hip Room: 
51.10in
Rear Shoulder room: 
55.30in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
12.10cu.ft
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
12.10cu.ft
15.30cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
14.70degrees
Angle of Departure: 
19.50degrees
Curb Weight: 
3682.00lbs
2762.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
no
no

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
Heated Mirrors
Hands-Free Entry
4 One-Touch Power Windows
hands-free entry
Heated mirrors
1 One-Touch Power Windows

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
no
no
Front Seats Features: 
8 -Way Power Passenger Seat
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Leatherette
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
bucket front seats
height adjustable passenger seat
multi-level heating driver seat
leatherette
ventilated driver seat
ventilated passenger seat
height adjustable driver seat
multi-level heating passenger seat
Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
8 -way power driver seat
6 -way manual passenger seat adjustment
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding center armrest
Rear Ventilation Ducts
rear ventilation ducts
Split-folding rear seatback
folding center armrest

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Front Stabilizer Bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
no
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Turn Signal In Mirrors

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
8 Total Speakers
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
USB Connection
auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control
USB connection
6 total speakers
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
no
no
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
17 X 7.0
17 x 7.0 in.
Wheels more: 
Inside Mounted Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
All Season Tires
inside mounted spare tire
temporary spare tire
All season tires
alloy wheels
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
215.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
55
Diameter: 
R17
Width: 
225.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
45
Diameter: 
R17

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated front disc brakes
Ventilated Front Disc
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
solid rear disc brakes
Solid Rear Disc Brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
Post-Collision Safety System
Lane Departure Warning Accident Avoidance System
LED Headlamp
Turn signal mirrors
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Rear height adjustable headrests
remote anti-theft alarm system
pre-collision safety system
emergency braking preparation
Rear center 3-point belt
post-collision safety system
blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system

Options

Packages: 
Navigation System/Mark Levinson Premium Audio Package
Premium Package
Ultra Luxury Package
Navigation System
Luxury Package
EX Launch Edition
EX Gray Interior Color Package
EX Red Interior Color Package
Exterior Options: 
One-Touch Power Trunk
Rear Spoiler
Alloy Wheel Locks
Door Edge Guards
Illuminated Trunk Sill
Body Side Moldings
Body Side Moldings
Body Side Moldings
Rear Bumper Applique
Mud Guards
Trunk Cargo Hook
Wheel Locks
Paint Protection Package
Interior Options: 
Key Glove
Carpet Trunk Mat
Glass Breakage Sensor
Cargo Net
All-Weather Floor Mats
Illuminated Door Sills
Heated Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel
Wood & Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel
Heated And Ventilated Front Seats
All-Weather Floor Liners
Power Rear Sunshade
Auto-Dimming Mirror w/Compass and Homelink
Interior Lighting Kit
Carpeted Floor Mats
Cargo Net
Cargo Tray
Cargo Mat

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Black SOFINO, leatherette
#242424
Gray SOFINO, leatherette
#848381
Red SOFINO, leatherette
#873934