There's a lot to like in the Kia Forte for those in the market for a small car. Unassuming in nature, the Forte feels mature and solid, thanks to a quiet cabin and possessing one of the most comfortable rides in its class. The spacious, nicely finished interior also wins praise. Braking performance is excellent. Overall, the Forte is now one of the top-rated cars in the category.

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

"Drives like a dream. Fuel economy is outstanding."

Frank E., NY (2018 Kia Forte)

"Handles and accelerates very well and is quiet for a small 4-cylinder car."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Kia Forte)

"Ease of steering and acceleration are excellent"

Anonymous, VA (2018 Kia Forte)

"Even in "Economy" mode, this car has great acceleration and handling."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Kia Forte)

"This Forte 5 SX has 3 driving modes: normal, sport, econo. In econo mode, mixed driving mostly in town - average vehicle speed 38 km/h the fuel economy is great at 8.4 lts/100. With the 7 speed dual clutch transmision you get the best of both worlds. No clutch to worry about engaging, just like driving and automatic; and the peppiness of a turbo 4 ith manual transmission. If you are using the steering mounted paddle xxxxers, or the consul shift lever, set to manual mode, shifts up and down, are immediate (no lag like in a regular automatic transmission) The brakes work well but are a little grabby still (1200 kms). When downshifting for deceleration purposes, this little turbo 4, does not provide a lot of engine braking. Tires a super low profile and leave the alloy rims open to severe curb damage. (have AlloyGator installed at dealership) The front nose is alsosubject to curb damage. Looking for a front parking sensor for this vehicle"

Gary S., BC (2018 Kia Forte)

"Acceleration is fine' brakes are super, easy to drive and comfortable. Fuel economy is sensational."

Frank E., NY (2018 Kia Forte)

"Acceleration and handling were the big surprises in this car. We traded in an aging but beloved 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser and the difference wa amazing. The Forte tells you practically everything but the response and handling are things you brag to others about. Astounding!"

Wayne T., OK (2018 Kia Forte)

"Slow acceleration, but overall handles well"

Jeffery A., NC (2018 Kia Forte)

"It is not fun and a daily chore"

Nishchay L., BC (2018 Kia Forte)

"Accelerates well. When hitting bumps on the highway on a bend, car is hard to handle."

Anonymous, DE (2018 Kia Forte)

"Like the styling, backup camera, cruise control, handling. Dislike lack of standard spare tire."

Glenn B., AZ (2018 Kia Forte)

"everything is great! we usually keep in eco mode but we have shorter on ramps here and so sport mode is great to have. This car is plenty fast and handles very well."

Andrew B., PA (2018 Kia Forte)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very comfortable, quiet, and a pleasure to drive. Brakes are outstanding."

Frank E., NY (2018 Kia Forte)

"Adjustable seat height, quiet ride and good acceleraym"

Anonymous, VA (2018 Kia Forte)

"Very quiet smooth, and comfortable. Put on Continental True Contact tires at time of purchase."

Frank E., NY (2018 Kia Forte)

"The seats are high enough to get in and out easily for someone with joint problems, and the driver's seat's ability to be raised and lowered is fantastic. This is a very comfortable car. You cannot hear a thing from outside with the exception of emergency vehicles. The ride is superior and smooth."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Kia Forte)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"We received a $2,500 rebate plus a good dealer discount."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Kia Forte)

"The Forte is a great package for what we paid. It has built-in features we really didn't know were available until we started using it. Obviously, the Apple Car Play is a great advantage when going to OKC or other larger cities but the acceleration, unbelievable mileage and fun driving was not anticipated. Bad? Not much of a back seat but for our purposes, that's secondary now."

Wayne T., OK (2018 Kia Forte)

"MILEAGE"

Donald S., IN (2018 Kia Forte)

"For the price, this can't be beat. We looked at Honda Fit, which is a smaller car, but costs just as much as the Forte. The Hyundai Elantra and Elantra GT were very nice, but again, more costly. It still amazes me how awesome the Forte is for the price"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Kia Forte)

"Got a lot of features for the money"

Jeffery A., NC (2018 Kia Forte)

"Lots of safety features, good looks, and good performance for a very good price."

G M., SC (2018 Kia Forte)

"We leased a Forte S with a sunroof and the money was well worth it. I love the look of the car, the comfort and space in the interior and sunroof is really nice to have. This package came with the advanced safety gear and this thing is amazing. The lane keep assist will actually push back to the center of the lane and braking system can see what is ahead and bring the car to a stop if you are not paying attention. After driving and experiencing the safety systems I had to get this car for the family. We have three drivers under 25 and makes me worry less when the kids are out with the car."

Andrew B., PA (2018 Kia Forte)

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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