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Kia Forte

Overall Score
Kia Forte 2019 sedan
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The redesigned Forte is among the roomiest compact sedans and promises good fuel economy. The Forte keeps the previous car's 147-hp four-cylinder, but Kia switched to a CVT in order to get better fuel economy for an EPA-rated 34 mpg overall--a two-mpg improvement. That CVT works well and behaves like a conventional transmission even during hard acceleration. Unfortunately the ride is too stiff and handling lacks agility. An eight-inch touch-screen infotainment system comes standard, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and lane-keeping assist. Other available advanced safety features include blind-spot warning and rear-cross-traffic alert.
All Ratings & Reliability
2014 Redesign Year
Kia Forte 2018
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
2018 N/A N/A
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $11,425 - $13,075 $8,840 - $10,390
2015 $10,625 - $13,225 $8,025 - $10,425
2014 $8,475 - $11,200 $5,950 - $8,470
2010 Redesign Year
Kia Forte 2013
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 $6,575 - $9,225 $4,080 - $6,580
2012 $5,825 - $8,425 $3,340 - $5,810
2011 $5,400 - $7,475 $2,920 - $4,870
2010 $4,575 - $6,350 $2,145 - $3,805