The compact car segment is rife with competition and almost every automaker has an entrant in the ring. The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer ES is a top model in the segment but competition is fierce. The 2016 Kia Forte LX is a close competitor but even when the competition is close, the Lancer wins the fight. Here’s a quick comparison of the Lancer ES and the Forte LX from us here at El Cajon Mitsubishi.

When it comes to warranty, the Forte can’t hold a flame to the Lancer’s coverage. A new Kia Forte LX comes with a 60-month Anti Corrosion Warranty and 60,000-miles of Roadside Assistance. The Lancer brings it home with an 84-month Anti-Corrosion Warranty and unlimited roadside assistance.

As for the safety, it’s another decisive win for the Lancer. The Kia Forte doesn’t come with nearly as many standard safety features at the Lancer. In all, the Lancer comes standard with a knee airbag, an anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, and a five-star front crash test rating.

Rounding out the win is the Lancer’s superior power. The 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer ES packs a standard 2.0-liter four cylinder engine capable of producing 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the 2016 Kia Forte LX only brings 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque to the road.