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.
The Forte’s engine pulls adequately around town, and the continuously variable transmission (CVT) does a good job simulating the feel of a conventional automatic transmission. In addition, acceleration has improved, and the Forte is quicker than the previous generation. Finally, fuel economy improved to 34 mpg overall, which is among the best in the class.
We found the Forte has responsive handling that makes it more agile than its predecessor. It willingly responds to steering inputs, and boosts driver confidence on twisty roads.