The Forte is a relatively new nameplate in the compact car segment, having debuted in 2010 as a replacement for the Spectra, which itself succeeded the Sephia. Kia rolled out the third-generation Forte in 2019; it comes as the Forte5 hatchback, too, which is covered in a separate buyer's guide entry.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
For 2020, the Forte sedan gains a turbocharged GT trim as the new top-line model.
Kia offers the Forte in LX, EX, and GT grades. EX is split into four distinct packages (EX, EX+, EX Premium, and EX Limited), making for a total of seven trim levels. All but GT use a 2.0L four-cylinder engine. It's standard with a six-speed manual in the LX, where a continuously variable automatic (CVT) is optional; the CVT is standard in all EX packages. The GT's turbo is matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Entry-level LX models come with 15-inch steel wheels with covers, heated side mirrors, a split-folding rear seat, heated/height-adjustable front seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, power windows, air conditioning, an 8.0-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, cruise control, and keyless entry.
EX trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and position lights, chrome exterior trim, a heated steering wheel, lighted vanity mirrors, a rear centre armrest, satin chrome interior door handles, rear-seat air conditioning vents, wireless smartphone charging, tire pressure monitoring, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, driver attention alert, forward collision avoidance assist, and rear cross traffic alert.
EX+ additions are 17-inch wheels, LED headlights with automatic high beams, LED taillights, a sunroof, and LED interior lighting.
The EX Premium package brings dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, passive keyless entry, UVO connected car services, a 4.2-inch gauge cluster display, and advanced forward collision avoidance.
EX Limited adds synthetic leather upholstery, a power driver's seat, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, navigation, and a premium sound system.
GT also builds on EX Premium, adding paddle shifters, ambient mood lighting, front sport seats, steering wheel and pedals, 18-inch wheels, black side mirrors, a red-accented grille, dual exhaust tips, rear diffuser, and a trunklid spoiler.
Kia's fuel consumption estimates for the Forte are 8.6/6.4 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L/6MT combination, and 7.9/5.9 with the continuously variable automatic. GT models, with the turbo/seven-speed drivetrain, are rated at 8.7/6.6 L/100 km.
The only other Korean is Hyundai's Elantra, which shares much of the Forte's technology.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed