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Kia Forte Reviews from Consumer Reports

Kia Forte Reviews

The Kia Forte is a 4-door hatchback, sedan offered in a LX Manual, LX Auto, S Auto and EX Auto. The powertrains include 1.6-liter 4 turbo (201 hp), 2.0-liter 4 (147 hp) and 2.0-liter 4 (164 hp) engines, and 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and 7-speed sequential transmissions. It is Front wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from NA mpg city to NA mpg highway. The Forte uses Regular fuel.

Competing models include Ford C-MAX, Mini Cooper Clubman, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Niro, Toyota Corolla iM, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza, Kia Soul, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Fiat 500L, Toyota Prius V and Ford Focus.

Last Model Reviewed: 2017

Reviewed Kia Fortes from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has placed the following models through over 50 tests at our test track:

  • 2014 Kia Forte sedan LX 4-cyl
  • 2011 Kia Forte hatchback EX 4-cyl
  • 2010 Kia Forte sedan EX 4-cyl

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