Kia Forte

Kia Forte

About Kia Forte

Kia’s entry in the competitive and crowded compact-car class is available in two body styles, the stylish 2018 Kia Forte sedan and the even sexier Forte5 hatchback. Both are refined, fuel-efficient and packed with features including available driver-assist systems. Each offers high-quality interiors, impressive infotainment systems that incorporate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a choice of three trim levels, while the top-of-the-range Forte5 SX features a turbocharged engine with over 200 horsepower. Prices start just under $18,000 for a Forte LX sedan with a 6-speed manual transmission. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 147 horsepower. An optional 6-speed automatic transmission is available and kicks up fuel-economy ratings to 29-mpg city and 37 mpg on the highway. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Chevy Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla.

LATEST MODEL
2018 Kia Forte
What's new for 2018?
2018 Kia Forte

For 2018 Kia has improved in the Forte’s list of luxuries. The Forte LX now has standard cruise control and available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Forte S gets new 16-inch wheels and the Technology Package now includes a sunroof. The Forte EX gets standard Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist.

  • Expert Rating: 8.5
  • Consumers Rating: 8.8
  • MPG 29|37
2017 Kia Forte
What's new for 2017?
2017 Kia Forte

The 2017 Kia Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback receive Optima-inspired styling this year. New driver-assist technology includes automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available. There's a new 2.0-liter base engine, a new S trim for the sedan, and a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for the SX mode. The Kia Forte Koup is no more.

2016 Kia Forte
What's new for 2016?
2016 Kia Forte

The 2016 Kia Forte lineup expands this year with the addition of a new lower-end LX model for the 2016 Forte5 hatchback. Additionally, all LX models get standard keyless entry. Other changes include navigation available on the EX Premium Package, upgraded audio and a few new colors and wheels.

2015 Kia Forte
What's new for 2015?
2015 Kia Forte

After a complete redesign last year, the 2015 Kia Forte lineup gets slightly better fuel economy in LX and EX sedans. Additionally, the rear backup camera is now optional as part of the $900 UVO package, rather than a standard feature on EX models.

2014 Kia Forte
What's new for 2014?
2014 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte has been totally redesigned for 2014.

2013 Kia Forte
What's new for 2013?
2013 Kia Forte

For 2013, the Kia Forte receives only minor changes. There are new 16-inch wheels for the Koup and 5-door, while power-folding side mirrors are added to the EX and SX trims. All models receive a low washer-fluid warning light, and LED daytime running lights are offered on the EX and made standard on the SX.

2012 Kia Forte
What's new for 2012?
2012 Kia Forte

The 2012 Kia Forte sedan and hatchback see a 1-mpg improvement in city fuel economy and 2-mpg increase in their highway figures, boosting overall mileage to 26 city/36 highway when equipped with the 2.0-liter engine and 6-speed automatic transmission.

2011 Kia Forte
What's new for 2011?
2011 Kia Forte

Two six-speed transmission choices are new for 2011: a six-speed manual and a six-speed Sportmatic automatic with manual shift mode. A new navigation radio is offered on the mid-level EX and top-level SX trims, while a five-door model joins the Forte Sedan and Koup.

2010 Kia Forte
What's new for 2010?
2010 Kia Forte

With the introduction of the 2010 Forte, Kia has moved another chess piece across the threshold of style and perceived quality that typically separates a category's successful veterans from its revolving name-changers.

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