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The Forte has some positives, including simple controls and impressive fuel economy. However, it suffers from an overly stiff ride and the car is very loud.
The engine pulls adequately and the continuously variable transmission provides unobtrusive progress, but the engine is raucous. At 34 mpg overall, fuel economy is excellent. Handling is responsive, and the Forte is willing to tackle corners. But the suspension transmits every bump to the passengers. The interior is drab and spartan, and the seats in the midtrim LXS are uncomfortable. But the automatic climate control is an unexpected positive, and the infotainment system is simple and easy to use. It's commendable that forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard. A sportier GT model, offering a turbocharged engine, is new for 2020.
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2019
2019 Redesign Year
The Kia Forte brings simple controls and impressive fuel economy, it suffers from an overly stiff ride; passengers feel every bump. And, the car is very loud to boot.
The engine pulls adequately and the continuously variable transmission provides unobtrusive progress, but the engine is raucous. At 34 mpg overall, fuel economy is excellent. Handling is responsive, thanks to the Forte's willingness to tackle corners. The drab interior is Spartan but it's nice to have automatic climate control. The seats are rather uncomfortable in the midtrim LXS. The infotainment system is simple and easy to use and is compatible with Apple CarPlay. It is commendable that forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist are standard.
$12,300 - $15,450
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2014-2018
2014 Redesign Year
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.
$9,775 - $14,200
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$9,550 - $12,025
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$8,275 - $11,125
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$7,075 - $9,725
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$6,225 - $8,650
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2010-2013
2010 Redesign Year
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.
$5,325 - $6,750
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$4,925 - $6,075
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$4,225 - $5,525
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$3,650 - $4,700
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