Review 2021


  • Sold in the USA = 2018-2021
  • 3rd Generation Pre-Facelift
  • Status: Facelift Introduced for 2022

KIA Forte Last price in the USA in 2021:

Forte FE Starts at: 18,885 $
Forte LXS Starts at: 20,385 $
Forte EX Starts at: 24,085 $
Forte GT Starts at: 23,785 $

Kia Motors introduced its Forte in 2006 in replacement for Kia Spectra which was originally released in 2000 and available for only two years for sale but was discontinued later on and made a comeback in 2006 under a different name; called Forte. Kia Forte became an ever-loved compact car and now its latest model has been released in markets that are equipped with lots of standard features, good fuel efficiency providing good mileage, an intuitive infotainment system, and every stuff for your comfort. Kia Forte has been rated number two among other compact cars by US Car News.

Trim & Versions:

The base trim S has been discontinued and new trims have been introduced. It is now available in five trim levels that include FE, LXS, GT Line, EX, and GT trimFE is the base trim now that has standard features like fifteen inches steel wheels, eight inches touch screen, a USB port, and lane-keeping assistance. LXS features sixteen inches alloy wheels, folding rear seats, and different driving modes. GT Line features seventeen inches wheels, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, six speakers, and blind-spot detection. EX trim is upgraded with two USB ports, a dual-zone climate control system, and ventilated front seats. The GT trim is higher-end trim equipped with more features like automatic adjustable LED headlights, eighteen inches wheels, 2 USB ports, and rear air vents. Among all trims, the GT Line trim is the most in-demand due to its marvelous features available at an affordable price.

2020 Kia Forte title Image
Kia Forte title Image

Engine & Power:

It is powered by 1.6 liters four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing a horsepower of 201 hp and torque of 195 pounds-feet. It is mated with six-speed continuously variable transmission delivering prompt power giving you enough acceleration to sprint from zero to sixty miles per hour in 8.7 seconds.

Driving & Fuel Economy:

Throttle change is easy to handle dropping revolutions conveniently giving surging power while steering response is refined and can get vague on mid-corner bumps. The stiff suspension of Forte is efficient enough to let you drive on rough roads and shallow imperfections without any jerks. The fuel economy of Forte is excellent giving you a mileage of twenty-nine miles per gallon in the city and forty miles per gallon on highways. The turbocharged engine is improved to provide you with fast acceleration making it suitable and the best choice for long route journeys on highways. The higher-end trim GT is upgraded with multi-link suspension and an improved braking system.

Exterior Style & Features:

The restyled Kia Forte is more upscale and sleek than its previous model giving it the looks of the best-styled mass-market vehicle. The front end holds a tiger-nose grille with an encrypted signature logo and adds more dynamic details in its automatic power-adjustable LED headlights provided with daytime running lights to enlighten your darkened roads. The Hood has been elongated with a shortened deck giving it a fastback shape displaying an overall aggressive and muscular appearance.

2020 Kia Forte front view
Kia Forte front view

2020 Kia forte wheel view
Kia forte wheel view

2020 Kia Forte side view
Kia Forte side view


Rear-end is also very aggressive holding on updated headlamps and restyled LED tail lights stopping you from every look at this beautiful masterpiece.

2020 Kia Forte rear side wheels view
Kia Forte rear side wheels view

2020 Kia Forte Side & rear view
Kia Forte Side & rear view

2020 Kia Forte rear View

Interior Design & Features:

The Interior space of  Kia Forte is comfortable and spacious offering you a seating capacity for five persons and 15.1 cubic feet of cargo area well enough to load a large amount of luggage with you which can further be enhanced by folding rear seats. The dashboard layout is horizontal having an eight inches standard touch screen display on it compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play for infotainment and giving Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port too.

2020 Kia Forte infotainment screen view
Kia Forte infotainment screen view

2020 Kia Forte steering view
Kia Forte steering view

2020 Kia Forte information view
Kia Forte information view

2020 Kia Forte transmission
Kia Forte transmission

High-quality material is used in the cabin giving it a fine look while fabric-covered seats are standard on all trims which can be replaced with leather covering on higher trims. The 320-watt premium audio system gives you high-quality sound in entertainment.

2020 Kia Forte front cabin full interior
Kia Forte front cabin full interior

2020 Kia Forte front seats fabric view
Kia Forte front seats fabric view

2020 Kia Forte front seats & arm rest
Kia Forte front seats & arm rest

2020 Kia Forte rear seats view
Kia Forte rear seats view

2020 Kia Forte front cabin interior view
Kia Forte front cabin interior view

2020 Kia Forte inside door view
Kia Forte inside door view

2020 Kia Forte inside door controls view
Kia Forte inside door controls view

Features: The cabin is further equipped with blind-spot detection, lane-keeping assistance, forward collision warning alarm, smart cruise control system, driver’s attention warning alarm, airbags, dual climate control system, and rear parking sensors.

2020 Kia Forte rear view camera
Kia Forte rearview camera

Safety Ratings: NHTSA has given it four stars out of five in crash tests ratings declaring it a Top safety pick vehicle while IIHS has also given it good scores in all crash tests.

Major Competitors:

Kia Forte will be facing tough competition from Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, Kia Optima, and Toyota Corolla.

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