KIA Forte

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KIA Forte 2024 Car

KIA Forte 2020 is a 5 Seater Sedans available between a price range of $17,790 - $21,990 in the United States. It is available in 3 colors, 4 variants, 1 engine, and 2 transmissions option: Manual and CVT in the United States. It has a ground clearance of 135 mm and dimensions is 4641 mm L x 1801 mm W x 1435 mm H. Over 1 users have reviewed Forte on basis of Features, Mileage, seating comfort, and engine performance.

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Key Specs of KIA Forte

Transmission Type
Petrol Manual
Seating Capacity
Petrol 5 seats
Engine Displacement
Petrol 1999 cc
Petrol 147 hp
Forte Specifications

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Things we like in Forte

Lots of standard driving assistance features

Good fuel economy

Dynamic exterior styling

Things we don't like in Forte

Moderate ride quality

Low passenger space in the second row

Mediocre base engine

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Recent Updates of Forte

The Kia Forte provides a lot of value for its price in the very competitive compact sedan market. It competes against cars like the Honda Civic and the Hyundai Elantra at prices starting from $17790. There are five trims on offer. Even the base model comes with cruise control, an 8” touchscreen for infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a rear-view camera. Modern safety tech like auto emergency braking, lane-keeping assist with lane departure warning are also standard. The standard engine is a 2L 4 cylinder mated to a 6-speed manual on the base but a CVT on the rest. This makes just 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. However, the top-spec GT gets a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine making 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and much more in addition. The GT gets a choice between a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. 

KIA Forte Price

The Forte is priced between $17,790 and $21,990 .

KIA Forte Variants

There are 4 variants available of Forte: FE, LXS, S and EX.

KIA Forte Power-trains

The Forte is powered by a 1999cc 4-cylinder Petrol engine produces 147 hp of power and 179 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 6-Speed Manual and Variable Speed CVT transmission gearbox.

KIA Forte Features

The feature list of Forte includes Smart Access Card Entry, Central Locking, Power Door Locks and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Power Windows Rear, Automatic Climate Control, Heater, Rear A/C Vents, Engine Start/Stop Button, Adjustable Seats, Height Adjustable Driver Seat, Heated Seats - Front, On Board Computer, Accessory Power Outlet, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Foldable Rear Seat, Low Fuel Warning Light, Rear Reading Lamp, Rear Seat Headrest, Rear Seat Center Arm Rest, Cup Holders-Front, Cup Holders-Rear, Seat Lumbar Support, Bottle Holder, Vanity Mirror, Keyless Entry and Centre Console Armrest.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, CD Player, USB & Auxiliary Input, DVD Player, Speakers Front, Speakers Rear, Integrated 2DIN Audio and Voice Control.

KIA Forte Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Electronic Multi Tripmeter, Digital Clock, Digital Odometer and Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank.

KIA Forte Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Adjustable Headlights, Fog Lights Front, Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicator, Integrated Antenna and Chrome Garnish.

KIA Forte Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag-Front, Child Safety Locks, Driver Airbag, Side Airbag-Rear, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Ebd, Vehicle Stability Control System, Rear Seat Belts, Seat Belt Warning, Day & Night Rear View Mirror, Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts, Rear Camera, Crash Sensor, Engine Check Warning, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams, Door Ajar Warning and Traction Control.

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KIA Forte Price United States

KIA Forte price in United States start from $17,790 for base variant FE and goes upto $21,990 for top-spec variant. Forte available in total 4 variants. KIA Forte price for automatic version starts from $19,190 . Checkout Forte 2024 price list below to see the SRP prices and promos available.

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  • Petrol
KIA Forte FE
Manual, 5 seats, 1999 cc, 147 hp
$17,790 (OTR) View Offers
CVT, 5 seats, 1999 cc, 147 hp
$19,190 (OTR) View Offers
KIA Forte S
CVT, 5 seats, 1999 cc, 147 hp
$20,290 (OTR) View Offers
KIA Forte EX
CVT, 5 seats, 1999 cc, 147 hp
$21,990 (OTR) View Offers
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Compare Variants Of KIA Forte

  • Petrol
  • Forte FE
    $17,790 OTR Price
    Base Variant Features
    • Petrol
    • Manual
    • Accessory Power Outlet
    • Adjustable Seats
    • Air Conditioner
    • Automatic Climate Control
    • Bottle Holder
    • Centre Console Armrest
    • Cruise Control
    • Cup Holders-Front
    • Cup Holders-Rear
    • Heater
    • Height Adjustable Driver Seat
    • Keyless Entry
    • Low Fuel Warning Light
    • Power Steering
    • Power Windows Front
    • Rear Seat Headrest
    • Remote Trunk Opener
    • CD Player
    • FM/AM/Radio
    • Integrated 2DIN Audio
    • Speakers Front
    • Speakers Rear
    • Touch Screen
    • USB & Auxiliary Input
    • Adjustable Headlights
    • Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
    • Digital Clock
    • Digital Odometer
    • Electronic Multi Tripmeter
    • Tacho Meter
    • Anti-Lock Braking System
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Crash Sensor
    • Door Ajar Warning
    • Driver Airbag
    • Ebd
    • Engine Check Warning
    • Front Impact Beams
    • Passenger Airbag
    • Rear Camera
    • Rear Seat Belts
    • Seat Belt Warning
    • Side Airbag-Front
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Tyre Pressure Monitor
    • Vehicle Stability Control System
    • Central Locking
    • Power Door Locks
    • Adjustable Steering Column
    • Multi-function Steering Wheel
    • Power Windows Rear
    • Rear A/C Vents
    • Rear Seat Center Arm Rest
    • Brake Assist
    • Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts
    • Day & Night Rear View Mirror
    • On Board Computer
    • Bluetooth Connectivity
    • Integrated Antenna
    • Traction Control
    • Side Airbag-Rear
    • Rear Reading Lamp
    • DVD Player
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  • Forte LXS
    $19,190 OTR Price
    + 1 Additional Feature(s)
    • Petrol
    • CVT
    • Foldable Rear Seat
  • Forte S
    $20,290 OTR Price
    + 2 Additional Feature(s)
    • Petrol
    • CVT
    • Voice Control
    • Fog Lights Front
  • Forte EX
    $21,990 OTR Price
    + 8 Additional Feature(s)
    • Petrol
    • CVT
    • Vanity Mirror
    • Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicator
    • Heated Seats - Front
    • Engine Start/Stop Button
    • Seat Lumbar Support
    • Chrome Garnish
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Smart Access Card Entry
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KIA Forte Review 2024

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Sippi Vig

The all-new 2020 Kia Forte is built on the third-generation platform. It illustrates the dynamic styling of the Stinger sports sedan and is available from starting prices of $17,790. Stinger inspired exterior elements added to the Forte, enhances its presence, and stands it out from the crowd. Kia Forte is now available in five grades, namely: FE, LXS, EX, GT-Line, and GT. In the 2020 lineup, Kia has added GT and GT-line, while the S grade is no longer available. Each grade is loaded with best in class features. The tech-savvy and feature-rich cabin meets the day to day demands of drivers. Also, both available engines are powerful and fuel-efficient. The base 2.0L four-cylinder engine can produce a maximum power of 147 hp and ensures an excellent fuel-efficiency of 37 mpg with manual transmission and 41 mpg with the Intelligent Variable Transmission. These numbers promote Forte as one of the best fuel-efficient sedans in its segment. In terms of standard driving assistance and infotainment features, even the base grade comes standard with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, driving attention warning, and rearview monitor with parking guidance. Standard connectivity and infotainment features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, 4-speaker audio system, and an 8-inch touchscreen. Kia Forte competes against Honda Civic and offers many features that later one misses. However, Civic gets you more refined handling and engaging ride quality.

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Brand KIA United States
Price $17,790 - 21,990
Body Type Sedans


Engine 1999 cc
Transmission Type Manual and CVT
Power Output 147 hp and 179 Nm of torque
Fuel Type Petrol
Drive Type FWD


Seating Capacity 5 Seater
Width 1801 mm
Length 4641 mm
Height 1435 mm
Cargo Volume 433 L
Ground Clearance 135 mm

KIA Forte Interior & Features

Forte offers comfortable and spacious seats with seating space for five people. However, the second row is compact and is best suited for only two adults. While the available sports seats in the GT grades further elevate the comfort and enriches the ride quality too. The dual-zone automatic control allows the front passengers to set the temperature as per personal convenience individually. The intuitive dashboard resembles a unique yet straightforward presence in the cabin. It centers an 8-inch touchscreen at easy to access distance for drivers. You can pair your smartphone with the standard Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth. The base grades delight the passengers with a 4-speaker system, while the GT grades intensify the experience with the 6-speaker system.

Forte Exterior

Kia Forte as a compact sports sedan is more about styling. The sleek and dynamic exterior design of Forte echoes with the Stinger’s personality. The sporty front fascia of this sedan features Kia’s tiger-nose grille. While the Stinger inspired exterior lines magnify the presence and make it more alluring. The front LED headlights come with auto-leveling and high beam assist feature. The rear LED taillights feature eye-catching design and carries a never-ending impression. Moreover, you can expand the presence of Forte with the GT grades. They feature red grille inserts, side sills, gloss black mirror caps, rear diffuser accents, and rear lip spoiler.

KIA Forte Ride & Handling

The ride quality of the Kia Forte is not well composed, and it gets harsh on stiffer road conditions. The MacPherson Struts suspension in the front balances the vehicle and ensures compact handling. And Multi-link suspension in the rear provides a bump-free ride. But still, when it comes to the ride quality, Forte is below expectations. Whereas, its rivals such as Honda Civic, perform much better on the road than Forte. In terms of handling, Kia has installed motor-driven power steering as the standard among all the grades. It works perfectly on sharp turns, but again it is not up to the mark of Civic.

Forte Engine & Fuel Consumption

Kia Forte is available in 5 grades and two engine choices. The turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder gasoline engine powers the top-grade GT. And, can be mated with either 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. This engine can produce a maximum power of 201 hp at 6,000 rpm and torque of 195 lb.-ft. at1,500–4,500 rpm. Forte GT delivers a good fuel economy of 28 mpg combined. The 2.0L four-cylinder engine powers the rest of the grades of Forte. It can produce a maximum power of 147 hp at 6,200 rpm and torque of 132 lb. ft at 4,500 rpm. This engine is mated with the Intelligent Variable Transmission, it enhances the shifts and ensures linear acceleration. The 2.0L engine matched with IVT gives the mileage of 35 mpg combined.

KIA Forte Braking & Safety

Kia Forte ensures functional braking capacity with the 12-inch ventilated disc brakes in the front wheel and 10-inch solid disc brakes in the rear wheel. To make braking more intact, Kia has installed the anti-lock braking system. It ensures safe and skid-less braking on uneven road conditions. Forte 2020 comes with many standard safety features like driver attention warning, forward collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist-line. These features alert the driver with visual and audible warnings and take the necessary steps like applying brakes and corrective steering to avoid the collision. The higher grades come with additional safety features, such as adaptive LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring, reverse parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control.

Forte Verdict

Kia Forte is an affordable compact sedan available at lower starting prices of $17,790. Plus, it delivers excellent fuel-efficiency and saves a lot of money with low-cost maintenance. It is loaded with many standard driving assistance, infotainment, and convenience features. Also, Forte provides you with a comfortable and spacious cabin. However, the base engine lacks punchiness, and Forte’s ride quality is not up to the standard of many of its rivals.

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