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. A sportier GT model, offering a turbocharged engine, is new for 2020. A freshening for 2022 brings updated styling, a new infotainment system, and standard forward collision detection with pedestrian detection.