2018 Kia Forte Buyer's Guide
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.
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.
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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
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.
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