2016 Kia Forte Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on January 14, 2016 2:23 PM

Kia's Upstart Becomes a Contender

Kia is a brand on the rise; like its big brother Hyundai, it is carving out a bigger slice of the consumer market every year by offering unexpected refinement, impressive features and an outstanding warranty. The 2016 Kia Forte is designed to take on the leaders in the compact sedan segment, and in doing so makes a stronger case for itself than ever. Those looking at cars like the Ford Focus, Mazda3, or even the venerable Honda Civic should take some time to consider the 2016 Forte; it may not offer the same level of refinement they do, but what it does offer is impressive for the money.

Driving It

"The 2016 Kia Forte lineup is a great choice if you're looking for a comfortable, feature-filled and sporty-looking sedan, coupe, or hatchback. Note we said sporty-looking; despite the 201-horsepower 4-cylinder available in the Forte Koup 2-door and Forte5 hatchback, enthusiasts will still prefer driving the Mazda3, Honda Civic Si, or Volkswagen Jetta or GTI. Still, we like the added power, and if you're among the 99 percent of buyers who just want a solid daily driver, it won't matter." Read our full review of the 2016 Kia Forte.

Owners' Opinions

KBB.com reader and Forte owner GMAC offered this: "Researched and compared Forte EX w/ Premium Pkg against Mazda 3s Grand Touring and Ford Focus Titanium. Mazda and Ford had isolated advantages over the Kia, albeit with an increased price tag. However, overall the Kia was the clear winner." Read more Kia Forte consumer reviews.

Build and Price

In its most stripped-down form, the 2016 Kia Forte starts around $17,000 including destination. That figure can be a bit misleading for comparison purposes, however: at that price, the Forte lacks many features (including an automatic transmission -- a $1,500 upgrade) and comes with small steel wheels. A fully loaded EX can top $25,000, but you have to get pretty option-happy to get there. Build and price your own 2016 Kia Forte right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

2017 Kia Forte

Both the Kia Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback get a new look and new features for 2017. You can read all about the new Kia Forte, as well as all of the new models and concepts that were revealed at this year's Detroit Auto Show.



Other Compact Cars

The 2016 Kia Forte is an interesting mix of sporty style and strong value, but that doesn't mean it's the right choice for you. Check out our Compact Car Buyer's Guide to get a good look at all your options.

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