There's a lot to like in the Kia Forte for those in the market for a small car. Unassuming in nature, yet 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, nicely finished interior also wins praise. Braking performance is excellent too.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2014 Kia Forte has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Kia Forte owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"camera ceased working and was replaced under warranty"

Norman B., PA (2014 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Backup camera failed due to moisture intrusion. The cost for this specific Kia model is ridiculously expensive compared to other Kia vehicles. It is EASY to replace, however, so definitely DIY."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"Radio display screen went blank, but the radio still worked. The back up display was also disabled"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Kia Forte EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Whenever I use the built-in USB port to stream music through my phone, or use bluetooth, the system crashes, and I need to do a hard re-set. Other times, it doesn't work at all. Now, I've started to use the cigarette lighter to charge my phone, and stream my music wirelessly. It's the only way that I can get it to work. UVO may be a model of simplicity, but reliability-wise...it SUCKS!!!!"

Steve B., NJ (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The Bluetooth works intermittently. It tells us the Bluetooth is not ready please wait and 20 minutes into a drive, it will suddenly connect. Or it won't."

Tyronne H., CA (2014 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealership maintenance downloaded an update to the sound system. Since then the system is unable to pair by blue tooth with cell phones. We waited too long to take it back to the dealership to get it fixed and they were unable to fix it"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When trying to make a phone call, the system makes an annoying squawk that completely interferes with the phone call. Happened after the warranty was up. Dealer tried a couple of fixes that didn't work. since the warranty was up, I have to purchase an after market fix that I haven't been willing to pay for."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A couple of months ago the bluetooth completely stopped working on my factory radio. It will not pair for calls or audio streaming. When I try to turn on the bluetooth the display says bluetooth not ready."

Tyronne H., CA (2014 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"it pairs with the phone but loses the pairing with the music portion of my iphone"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Kia Forte)
Radio

"Radio display locked up and channelcould not be changed or seen in display."

Anonymous, NV (2014 Kia Forte EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"AM band not working"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"AM band stopped working."

Anonymous, ON (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"At around 45,000 miles I began to notice a musty smell coming from the trunk. Upon further investigation, I realized that the carpet just behind the back seats was wet. It happened every time we had a substantial rain or when we went through the car wash. The trunk seal seems to be in perfect condition so I'm not sure where the water is actually getting in. I even went so far as to lay in the closed trunk while running the hose over the back window and trunk lid, with the rear seats down of course!"

Tyronne H., CA (2014 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Depending on the weather, there are some flapping noises in the dashboard--they aren't too bad and overall aren't nearly as bad as the noises in my 2011 Infiniti EX35. The noises are a distraction but not a major one and they don't happen all the time"

Edward E., MO (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There are simply noises in the dashboard area that are somewhat annoying. Not as annoying as my previous 2011 Infiniti EX but somewhat annoying. Cannot be fixed cost-effectively. Attribute them to lack of quality of manufacturing or assembly."

Edward E., MO (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Very noisy going over bumps on road.. can feel every little bump"

Anonymous, AB (2014 Kia Forte EX 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"VERY bad noise - sighted in MANY reviews. wind / road noise and nothing can be done"

Anonymous, (2014 Kia Forte Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Had to replace engine on this 5 yr old car."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Kia Forte)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"See comments on engine knock. The engine knock was the clue that led to the engine replacement."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil pump began failing. The result was an engine replacement with a salvaged engine because it was cheaper than replacing the oil pump."

Anonymous, GA (2014 Kia Forte)

"lower bearing on crank shaft came lose. Repair covered by basic warranty."

Anonymous, (2014 Kia Forte Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Burning oil, started Jan 2019, repaired August 2019"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"engine light comes on frequently"

Henry Z., ON (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Engine knock or ping

"Oil light came on with a knocking sound. Turns out the engine lost all oil pressure and had to be completely replaced. Was still under warranty so Dick Hannah Kia replaced the engine at no cost to us, as well as a loaner vehicle for the two weeks it took."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Heard pinging about a month before we had it looked at at 2 different repair places. The last place finally diagnosed the the engine needed replacing. Engine would stall after braking to pull into a parking stall."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Kia Forte)
Oil leaks

"Three years ago had to have engine block replaced on warranty because oil pressure went to zero. One of the replaced seals developed a leak. Took it back to the dealer mechanic and they fixed it at no charge including a follow up check 1,000 miles later."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Back brakkes replaced at 54500 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Kia Forte)
Premature brake wear

"There was a recall on the brakes etc.and took it in,there is also one on the electrial but have naturally heard nothing more of it."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Kia Forte)
Pulsation or vibration

"It knocks and noisy always especially in idle and it shakes when driving"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Kia Forte)
Squeaking

"Had KIA replace front Brake Pads and from that point on had a squeaky noise , took it back 3 times and it still does it on occasion. Over all it's a wonderful car."

Anonymous, NC (2014 Kia Forte EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"lOOSE SCREW UNDER PASS. SEAT"

J D., QC (2014 Kia Forte LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I have paint chips that are unexplainable. They are located on the drivers side trunk area and around to the passenger door. The dealer took a look at them and couldn't do a thing about it. It seems to be an anomaly"

Edith K., FL (2014 Kia Forte LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"When starting out slowly and having to let off the gas peddle, like going around a curve, the transmission goes into limbo. Car feels like it is coasting. Once you press the gas peddle the transmission suddenly shifts and the car jerks ahead. Have to be careful in traffic so you don't bump into another car in front of you."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"Explained slipping under rough shifting"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"One exterior marker light burned out way before it seems it should have. It was inexpensive to fix though."

Edward E., MO (2014 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"The trunk used to _unlock_ (not open) by proximity to the keyfob (i.e., no button pushing). This stopped working recently and the Kia dealer has been unable to figure out why."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Kia Forte EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Air bag system inside the steering column had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Kia Forte SX 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Springs or torsion bars

"Poor springs. Car uncomfortable, feel any little bump on the road"

Anonymous, AB (2014 Kia Forte EX 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

"Took many visits to the dealer, first looking at fuel cap and corrosion around filler, before identifying fuel pump as the issue. fuel cap etc. was covered by the dealer although the warranty had expired. I had to pay for the fuel pump issue."

Anonymous, ON (2014 Kia Forte SX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"The battery needed replaced without warning. Uncool!"

Edith K., FL (2014 Kia Forte LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"A device at the base of the steering column broke and had to be replaced. Steering was clunky and turning was noisy until this apparatus was replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Kia Forte SX 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The first time we turned our air conditioner on after the winter season, it did not cool. We took it to a dealer who was unable to repair it because of damage to the car from a recent accident. When I started the car to take it away from the dealership, the air conditioner worked and has since! Self-healing A/C!"

Cynthia S., CO (2014 Kia Forte)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"pASS.SIDE MIRROR doesn't open or close at times"

J D., QC (2014 Kia Forte LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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Recalls
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ENGINE
Dec 02 2020
An engine compartment fire increases the risk of injury.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2012-2013 Sorento, 2012-2015 Forte and Forte Koup, 2011-2013 Optima Hybrid, 2014-2015 Soul, and 2012 Sportage vehicles. An engine compartment fire can occur while driving.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the engine compartment for fuel and/or engine oil leaks, perform an engine test and make any repairs, including engine replacement, as necessary, free of charge. In addition, Kia is currently developing a Knock Sensor Detection System (KSDS) software update, which when available, will be performed by dealers free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 27, 2021. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC200.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V750000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 294756
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGES
Dec 01 2017
If the brake light switch plunger does not retract as it should when the brake pedal is not being pressed, the brake lights may stay illuminated preventing accurate communication to following vehicles that the vehicle is slowing or stopping. Additionally, if the brake switch plunger is not retracted, then the transmission can be shifted out of PARK without depressing the brake pedal. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2012-2014 Forte and Forte Koup vehicles. The brake pedal stopper pad can deteriorate allowing the brake light switch plunger to remain extended when the brake pedal is released. This will allow the brake lights to remain illuminated continuously. It can also allow the shift lever to be moved without depressing the brake pedal, or activate the engine management brake pedal override feature.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal stopper pad, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 30, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC158.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V773000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 134366
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Jan 16 2015
If the cooling fan resistor overheats and melts, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014 Kia Forte vehicles manufactured December 5, 2012, to April 17, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and for vehicles produced from December 5, 2012 to January 27, 2014, dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multi-fuse unit. For vehicles produced from January 28, 2014 to April 17, 2014, dealers will replace the multi-fuse unit only. Owners of vehicles with a 1.8L engine will also have the engine control unit software updated. The recall began on February 20, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC113.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V015000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 86880
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