The Kia Forte you’re reading about here arrived as a 2019 model, which was redesigned into a third generation that year; the original Forte came to Canada in 2010 to replace the Spectra.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
The Forte’s only notable change for 2023 is the elimination of the manual transmission option in the base LX trim.
Kia offers the Forte in LX, EX, EX+, EX Premium, GT-Line, and GT Limited trim levels. GT Limited is the sportiest of the bunch, powered by a 1.6L turbo engine and a dual-clutch transmission; the rest of the lineup uses a 2.0L engine matched with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
LX sports 15-inch steel wheels with covers, auto on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, A/C, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, and keyless entry.
EX adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated steering wheel, wireless phone charging, blind spot monitoring/collision mitigation, lane keep/follow assist, driver attention alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision mitigation.
EX+ gains 17-inch wheels, LED headlights/taillights, and a sunroof.
EX Premium brings dual-zone A/C, adaptive cruise control, passive keyless entry, Kia Connect technology, and advanced collision mitigation.
GT-Line gets LED fog lights, sport seats in cloth/leather, a power driver’s seat, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, and highway driving assist.
GT Limited gains 18-inch wheels, a dual exhaust, leather upholstery, upgraded sport seats, and a Harman Kardon stereo.
Kia’s fuel consumption estimates for the Forte are 7.9/5.9 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L/CVT powertrain combo, and 8.7/6.6 L/100 km in the GT Limited with its turbo engine and dual-clutch gearbox.
The Kia Forte takes aim at well-known compacts like the Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, and Mazda3.
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