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2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The Kia Forte lands midpack among compact sedans. Though it 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.
All Ratings & Reliability
2014-2018
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 $13,450 - $17,700 $10,755 - $15,155
2017 $12,225 - $14,825 $9,605 - $12,040
2016 $10,825 - $13,650 $8,225 - $10,875
2015 $9,600 - $12,375 $7,010 - $9,610
2014 $8,375 - $10,675 $5,785 - $7,915
2010-2013
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 $7,050 - $8,375 $4,490 - $5,740
2012 $6,200 - $7,525 $3,670 - $4,935
2011 $5,550 - $6,950 $3,045 - $4,355
2010 $4,750 - $6,025 $2,270 - $3,480
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2019 Kia Forte Ratings & Reliability
The Kia Forte lands midpack among compact sedans. Though it 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.
2014-2018
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 $13,450 - $17,700 $10,755 - $15,155
2017 $12,225 - $14,825 $9,605 - $12,040
2016 $10,825 - $13,650 $8,225 - $10,875
2015 $9,600 - $12,375 $7,010 - $9,610
2014 $8,375 - $10,675 $5,785 - $7,915
2010-2013
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 $7,050 - $8,375 $4,490 - $5,740
2012 $6,200 - $7,525 $3,670 - $4,935
2011 $5,550 - $6,950 $3,045 - $4,355
2010 $4,750 - $6,025 $2,270 - $3,480