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Kia Forte Guide
Get the best online car shopping experience with expert reviews of the Kia Forte. Read more to learn about the most important features and important factors to consider when researching the Kia Forte.
Although the first Forte was generally a good car that also boasted strong crash test scores, the more refined second-generation version propelled this Kia to high honors in a very competitive class. Specifically, the newer Forte more than holds its own against the old segment standbys in terms of style, features, driving dynamics, fuel economy and value. Discover the ins and outs on used Kia Fortes, available now in Carvana's inventory.
Variety Of Engine OptionsRegardless of the engine options you elect to go with on the Kia Forte, you're not likely to be disappointed with the results as the driver. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 145 horsepower comes standard, while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes the Forte one of the quickest vehicles in its class. However, the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-banger offers even more punch under the hood for individuals interested in SX versions of the coupe and hatchback.
Handsome Cabin For The PriceThough it may be an economy car by definition, the Forte proves that you can't always judge a book by its cover. Furnished with upscale materials on the higher trim levels, the Forte holds its own when compared to similarly sized premium-brand vehicles. Additionally, the Forte has high-tech features that are well-designed and intuitive.
Generous Cargo CapacityFor being a compact car, the Forte does well providing its passengers with enough space to store all their cargo. The sedan version of the Forte comes with 14.9 cubic feet of available space in its trunk, while the hatchback model expands that number to 23.2 with the rear seat up. For the latter model, that's large enough to fit five bags of golf clubs.
SuspensionThe Kia Forte is an athletic compact car, but for those looking for an especially smooth ride, the Forte may not be quite what you're looking for. Its rather firm and unrefined suspension can make for a jarring ride over pavement with imperfections.
HandlingWhile the Forte provides a satisfying amount of pep with the accelerator punched, it doesn't quite offer a memorable driving experience across the board. The steering is less precise compared to rivals such as the Ford Focus, Mazda 3, and Volkswagen Golf, and is steady, if not unengaging, on winding roads.
Fuel EconomyTruth be told, the Forte actually receives fairly decent fuel economy numbers, though when compared against class rivals, it falls a few mpgs short. On the base level LX, the Forte gets anywhere between 30 and 31 mpg combined depending on whether you go for the automatic or manual transmission. That number drops to 28 mpg combined on the EX model, and slips even further on SX models (between 24 and 25 mpg combined).
Kia Forte Reviews
4.8 OUT OF 5 (200 Reviews)