The 2017 Forte received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
It is scheduled to arrive at Kia dealerships by late summer.
Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, brake assist and traction control. Optional safety equipment includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a blind-spot detection system, rear cross-traffic alert and lane keeping assist.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2017 Forte.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers keeping score should note that NHTSA has not yet rated the 2017 Ford Focus, Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla.