Starting Price: $17,595 | Price yours

Above Average: Styling, features, value

Below Average: Driving flair

Consensus: A smart, stylish compact contender

 

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 Kia Forte embodies all those principals in the form of a tidy compact car. 

Driving It

From our full review of the Kia Forte: "There’s a pleasing and satisfying entertainment value to the driving characteristics of the Kia Forte. This is not a boring car to drive. It isn’t an exciting hot rod either, but the Forte’s steering, engine, transmission and suspension are all tuned well and they feel lively and responsive."

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Build and Price

In its most stripped-down form, the 2018 Kia Forte sedan starts above $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 -- an $1,100 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 2018 Kia Forte right here at KBB.com to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Other Compact Cars

The 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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Video: Kia Forte Review and Road Test

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