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Kia Forte

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Kia Forte 2019 sedan Trim Shown: 2019 LX sedan FWD CVT
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The Forte was already one of CR's top-rated compact cars, and with this redesign Kia promises a more spacious cabin, better fuel economy, and improved interior technology. The Forte keeps the previous car’s 147-hp four-cylinder, but Kia says switching to a CVT will help the car manage an EPA-rated 35 mpg overall--a three-mpg improvement. Increased legroom comes courtesy of an extra 3 inches in overall length. The suspension was reworked for better agility, a trait lacking in the last Forte. An 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system comes standard, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Available advanced safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, blind-spot warning, and lane-keeping assist. The new Forte goes on sale late this summer.
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Kia Forte 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 LX sedan FWD Automatic
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Kia's Forte provides generous interior room and a wide assortment of amenities. Our base LX sedan got 33 mpg overall from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic. Though the ride soaks up most impacts, it tends to feel a bit too jarring 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 comfort and convenience options include front and rear heated and ventilated seats, and advanced safety features. High-end versions offer leather seats, power-folding mirrors, and other upscale items. A redesigned Forte goes on sale this year.
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2014 Redesign Year
Kia Forte 2017 Trim Shown: 2017
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
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $11,625 - $13,100 $8,940 - $10,290
2015 $10,400 - $13,150 $7,725 - $10,225
2014 $9,350 - $11,825 $6,700 - $9,000
2010 Redesign Year
Kia Forte 2013 Trim Shown: 2013 Sedan
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 $7,475 - $9,725 $4,880 - $6,980
2012 $6,300 - $8,500 $3,740 - $5,790
2011 $5,825 - $8,025 $3,270 - $5,320
2010 $5,000 - $6,350 $2,520 - $3,785