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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.

Road Test

There's a lot to like in the Kia Forte for those in the market for a small car. Unassuming in nature yet considerably more refined than previous Kia compact sedans, the Forte feels mature and solid, thanks to having a quiet cabin and one of the most...

Highs

  • Nice all-around package, with a substantial feel
  • Rides better and is quieter than a Hyundai Elantra

Lows

  • Handling agility is not a strong suit<br/>

Best Version to Get

The best value is an LX model, which includes remote keyless entry and cruise control. That adds up to a lot of car for $18,000. The S model includes a sports-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, upgraded seats, and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Stepping up to th...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (201 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (164 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (147 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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