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This redesigned for 2019 Kia promises a more spacious cabin, better fuel economy, and improved interior technology over the previous generation compact car. The Forte keeps the previous car's 147-hp four-cylinder, but Kia says switching to a CVT helps the car manage an EPA-rated 34 mpg overall--a two-mpg improvement. Increased legroom comes courtesy of an extra 3 inches in overall length.

Reliability

Our extensive survey data, combined with our technical knowledge, allows us to expertly predict the reliability of new and redesigned models.

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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 more than 640,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2017 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. N/A 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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