Kia Forte

    As a small sedan, this version of the Forte is a good notch below the best in the class, though it handles responsively and comes with standard electronic stability control. The interior feels airy, controls are simple, and rear-seat space is quite good. Fuel economy is competitive as well. Downsides include a stiff ride, noisy engine and mediocre driving position.
    There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

    Overall Owner Satisfaction

    Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

    Overall Owner Satisfaction

    Owner Satisfaction with:

    Driving Experience

    Includes acceleration and handling

    What Owners Say

    "It feels more like sports car which is good for people who like this."

    Anonymous, GA (2010 Kia Forte)

    "It responds quickly when depressing the acceleration pedal and when turning the steering wheel."

    Sara W., TX (2010 Kia Forte)

    "Our 2010 Kia Forte has an excellent acceleration. When you drive this car - you feel total control of the car. It responds well to aggressive drivers. It is a fun car to drive."

    Guillermo A., FL (2010 Kia Forte)

    "Although it is the smaller of two engines it is quick off the mark, accelerates without hesitation, engine noise minimal. Steering is quick and responsive, although it has a tendency to drift left. Transmission is the 4 speed that can be manually shifted. When I feel the engine bogs a bit or I need rapid acceleration I like to be able to downshift manually rather than wait for the transmission."

    Anonymous, WA (2010 Kia Forte)

    "Peppy engine and handling for an inexpensive car"

    Anonymous, VT (2010 Kia Forte)


    Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

    What Owners Say

    "Poor drivers seat, adjustments are broken. Poor quality seats"

    Richard C., AB (2010 Kia Forte)

    "noisy car. to small for large people feel every bump"

    Anonymous, NJ (2010 Kia Forte)

    "love love the heated seats in the winter time, seats comfortable too"

    Anonymous, AL (2010 Kia Forte)

    "Overall, it is great. The doors sound a little "metalic/cheap" when you close them."

    John W., CA (2010 Kia Forte)

    "Awesome layout easy to use Designed with my thinking great !"

    David M., ON (2010 Kia Forte)

    "It is a noisy ride at higher speeds."

    Sara W., TX (2010 Kia Forte)

    "The engine is making knocking sounds and dealership has been coming up with different reasons for it but it persists."

    Keith T., WA (2010 Kia Forte)

    "well made, 3 way adjustable, hold me in place while maneuvering. Ride firm but not rough or bouncy."

    Anonymous, WA (2010 Kia Forte)


    Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

    What Owners Say

    "It is great buying choice for the price in its class. Its driving performance, appearance and handling as sport car."

    Anonymous, GA (2010 Kia Forte)
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    Would you buy this car again?

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    Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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