2017 Kia Forte Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on August 22, 2016 9:23 AM

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. Redesigned for 2017, the Kia Forte is even better equipped 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 2017 Forte. Its new styling resembles that of the midsize Optima, there's now a larger yet more efficient base engine, and there are several new safety and convenience tech features, all at a reasonable price.

Driving It

"Around town and on the highway, the Forte sedan, coupe and hatchback are all excellent choices. Multiple creature comforts coddle driver and passenger alike, and even the base engine feels plenty powerful; the turbo is just gravy. Added driver-assist technologies like automatic braking and rear cross-traffic alert sweeten the deal on a solidly economical daily-driver choice." Read our full review of the 2017 Kia Forte.

Owners' Opinions

KBB.com reader and Forte owner SPAZZACTIN offered this: "I really like the amount of get-up-and GO this little car has! I have a standard model. Really impressed with the blue-tooth hands free action on the steering wheel. I DO NOT like the fact it doesn't have a spare tire. NO SPARE! NO DONUT! NO JACK!" Read more Kia Forte consumer reviews.

Build and Price

In its most stripped-down form, the 2017 Kia Forte sedan 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 $1,010 upgrade) and comes with small steel wheels. A fully loaded EX can top $24,000, but you have to get pretty option-happy to get there. Build and price your own 2017 Kia Forte right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Three Body Styles

The Kia Forte is one of only two cars in its segment that will offer three body styles, the other being the Honda Civic. The Forte sedan is the first to go on sale, with the Forte5 hatchback to follow. Kia has confirmed the coupe (called the Koup) will also return for the 2017 model year.

Other Compact Cars

The 2017 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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