Road Test/ 100
Predicted Reliability/ 5
Predicted Owner Satisfaction/ 5
Kia's Forte provides generous interior room and a wide assortment of amenities. Our tested base LX sedan got 33 mpg overall with the new-for-2017 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic, which is similar to the engine in the Hyundai Elantra. Though the ride is fairly absorbent, it tends to feel a bit too tender when encountering sharp bumps. Handling is very secure but not particularly agile. The SX hatchback uses a 1.6-liter turbo mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox. The spacious interior is quiet for a compact car, and the controls are logically arranged. Available features include front and rear heated and ventilated seats, a rearview camera, and advanced safety features. High-end versions offer leather seats, power-folding mirrors, and other upscale items.