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The redesigned for 2019 Kia Forte brings simple controls, impressive fuel economy and a respectable list of standard advanced safety features. But while at one time is was one of the better affordable cars, the new Forte has regressed to basic transportation. It suffers from a stiff ride and its cabin is extremely loud even by the category’s modest standards.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

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Predicted Reliability
The 2019 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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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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Recalls
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EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS
Oct 31 2018
If the headlights are not properly aimed, the driver may have reduced visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2019 Kia Forte vehicles equipped with LED headlights. The headlights may not have been manufactured with the correct low beam aiming. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the headlight aiming and replace the headlights, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began November 30, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC171.
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: 18V771000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1754
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