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Kia Forte
Kia Forte 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 LX sedan FWD Automatic
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.
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2014 Redesign Year
Kia Forte 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 Coupe
Considerably more refined than previous Kia compact sedans, this iteration of the Forte feels mature and solid, thanks to a quiet cabin and one of the most comfortable rides in its class. The spacious and nicely finished interior also wins praise, while braking performance is excellent too. Overall, the Forte is now one of the top-rated cars in the category. The best value is an LX model with the Popular package, which adds upgraded interior trim, 16-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, and cruise control. Fuel economy improvements were instituted for 2015 models, while changes for 2016 included an optional rearview camera for the LX trim line, along with standard keyless entry and heated mirrors.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $13,775 - $14,800 $11,250 - $12,200
2015 $11,475 - $15,225 $9,075 - $12,575
2014 $10,675 - $13,350 $8,310 - $10,810
2010 Redesign Year
Kia Forte 2013 Trim Shown: 2013 5 Door
The compact Forte replaced the mediocre Spectra for 2010. It's quicker, with a 156-hp 2.0-liter engine delivering 28 mpg, and it feels sportier than many small cars. The Forte also offers a host of impressive features such as Bluetooth and standard electronic stability control. Its IIHS crash-test performance was good too. The car was available as a coupe or a hatchback, and offered an optional 2.4-liter. While a big improvement, it still ranks below the class leaders. Downsides include a stiff ride, noisy engine and a mediocre driving position.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $8,225 - $11,800 $5,950 - $9,260
2012 $6,950 - $9,575 $4,690 - $7,140
2011 $6,150 - $8,550 $3,880 - $6,130
2010 $5,200 - $7,050 $2,940 - $4,690