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 is 1 recall 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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2015 Kia Forte has been recalled 1 time 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 2015 Kia Forte owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Right front caliper did not work properly (would not release completely) and wore out pads rapidly. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"required major brake maintenance after less than 20K km"

Anonymous, QC (2015 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Vibrations due to worn shocks"

Anonymous, (2015 Kia Forte LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"recall"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Kia Forte EX 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

Alignment

"Alignment was so bad, wore out the inside of my tire to threads. Was told the extended warranty I paid for such items ended 18 days earlier! ugh"

Anonymous, NV (2015 Kia Forte EX 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Worn shocks caused vibration when braking."

Anonymous, (2015 Kia Forte LX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"They failed at 25000 miles. Replaced by warranty"

Guy G., WI (2015 Kia Forte EX 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

Body control module

"Passenger side mirror motor runs whenever you use the key fob for any action."

Anonymous, NV (2015 Kia Forte EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"had to continue taking vehicle back to shop for tire pressure monitor and problem still exists"

Richard S., NC (2015 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"The motor and arm assembly just stopped working."

Anonymous, (2015 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 exterior trim or moldings

"Driver's side fog light fell out of it's bracket. It was re-attached under warranty."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint began to fade on the rear spoiler of the vehicle after about 6 months"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Kia Forte EX)

"Paint peeling around both fog lights"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Kia Forte SX 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Sunroof

"For several weeks, sunroof would not close. Spontaneously resolved and no issue found when brought to dealer for warranty service"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Kia Forte SX 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

"power window failed on 1 door"

Anonymous, QC (2015 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Cracked vapor canister. Replaced, covered by warranty."

Anonymous, CT (2015 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel gauge/sender

"When I fill up the tank, the fuel gauge drops to E when not moving, then back up to F, then back to E. I also got a Engine Control Systems warning that went away when I opened the fuel cap and re-seated. The fuel cap has been replaced twice already for engine light coming on."

Anonymous, NV (2015 Kia Forte EX 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"All systems were go except engine would not start. Transmission locked"

Albert C., WA (2015 Kia Forte EX 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Oil pan plug was leaking a lot of oil upon delivery after purchase of car."

Anonymous, CA (2015 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

"AIR LEAKS THROUGH AN IMPROPERLY SEALED WINDSCREEN"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Kia Forte LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"NOISE CREATED BY POOR PLACEMENT OF EXTERIOR REARVIEW MIRRORS- IE A DESIGN FLAW"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Kia Forte LX 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine had a knock coming from the crankshaft. The lower end had to be rebuilt. There was a spun crank bearing. Cost was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Kia Forte EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo replaced under warranty between 1st owner trade-in, and my pre-owned purchase. Dealership installed new turbo incorrectly before sale to me. It took three visits to the dealership before the original mistake was found and rectified. Car was at dealership a total of 19 days, although the dealership did pay for a rental car. Chalk this up to a growing lack of skilled auto technicians."

Timothy F., MD (2015 Kia Forte SX 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

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

Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Sometimes the system will not connect with my phone, and I have to restart the vehicle for it to connect."

Anonymous, NY (2015 Kia Forte EX Unsure)

Climate System

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

Transmission Minor

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

Drive System

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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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
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