Used 2013 Kia Forte Hatchback

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2013 Kia Forte

Pros

  • Generous equipment list
  • variety of body styles
  • affordable pricing
  • excellent handling in SX.

Cons

  • Lackluster interior materials and construction
  • intrusive road noise
  • so-so rear legroom
  • firm ride in SX.

Used 2013 Kia Forte Hatchback for Sale

Kia Forte 2013 EX 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
98,405 miles
Used 2013
Kia Forte
EX
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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Kia Forte 2013 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
76,551 miles
Used 2013
Kia Forte
EX
List$6,988
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Dealer Notes
With the largest inventory in the area and GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL, visiting Sullivan Auto Trading just makes sense. We have a professional sales team and ASE certified technicians with many years of experience ready to serve your automotive needs We understand shopping online to find the vehicle that fits your needs is a small part of your goal. We know your #1 priority is to be confident and comfortable with accurate representation in your transaction. Our goal is not to sell you a vehicle, its our vision to earn a long standing relationship with our customers. We believe being a blessing to others is a seed sown to be blessed. We know we are #1 in pricing and vehicle condition in the market. This vehicle has been Virginia State Inspected, fully detailed and evaluated by our ASE Certified Technicians. Free Carfax reports are available for your convenience. We have an outstanding relationship with our Lending Institutions and are extremely competitive with interest rates.Please Call (540-371-9877) all Questions will be answered. Looking for a clean, well-cared for 2013 Kia Forte? This is it. This vehicle is loaded with great features, plus it comes with the CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee. You could spend more on fuel each month than on your vehicle payments, so why not consider one with exceptional fuel economy like this 2013 Kia Forte. This Kia Forte EX is in great condition both inside and out. No abnormal wear and tear. Speed is a game changer and this awesome machine is so fast it didn't just change the game, it rewrote all of the rules. You'll instantly stand out with this hard-to-find 2013 Kia Forte EX. Be sure to prepare yourself to get noticed in this ultra rare Kia Forte. More information about the 2013 Kia Forte: The Forte is Kia's entry into the crowded compact segment, competing with the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus. Starting at $15,400, the Forte offers clean attractive styling and a warranty that's hard to beat. A major emphasis has been put on offering the Forte with plenty of attractive optional equipment and using high quality materials on the interior. Interesting features of this model are available in a variety of body styles, great warranty, economical, plenty of standard features, and Attractive styling
Kia Forte 2013 SX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
79,034 miles
Used 2013
Kia Forte
SX
(29)
Carbiz
47.7 mi away
List$8,000
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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: PWR TILT SUNROOF, Additional Features: Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, Bluetooth, CD Player, Aluminum Wheels THE CARBIZ DIFFERENCE: Our friendly, non-commissioned crew has earned Dealer Of The Year for the past 5 years and are empowered to walk you through the buying process from start to finish. NO-HAGGLE PRICING: Because our vehicles are priced below market value and with no hidden charges, there's absolutely no price haggling or typical dealer 'scare tactics.' The only additional cost to our Price is your State Tax, Tags, License, and $299 Dealer Processing Fee. Check us out online or in the showroom and experience the Carbiz difference. Because our vehicles are priced below market value and with no hidden charges, there's absolutely no price haggling or typical dealer 'scare tactics.' The only additional cost to our Price is your State Tax, Tags, License, and $299 Dealer Processing Fee.
Kia Forte 2013 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
50,337 miles
Used 2013
Kia Forte
EX
CarMax
54.5 mi away
List$11,998
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final purchase will be made in VA, and excludes tax, title, tags and $299 CarMax processing fee (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Fleet
Kia Forte 2013 Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
50,414 miles
Used 2013
Kia Forte
Koup SX
List$10,000
Est.Loan: $187/mo
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**NAVIGATION**SUNROOF**LEATHER**CAMERA**AUTO** Great Local Trade '13 Kia Forte Koup SX Coupe Blue Metallic with Navigation / NAV / GPS, Power Sunroof / Moonroof, Heated Leather, Backup Camera, Remote Keyless Entry and MORE!! Text us at 410-935-6645 for availability or text the last 8 of VIN to 96300 to have a link sent directly to your phone! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE at one of Marylands Largest Pre-Owned Dealers: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add reconditioning, certification and other fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Kia Forte 2013 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
77,830 miles
Used 2013
Kia Forte
EX
Thomas Chevrolet
88.4 mi away
List$7,998
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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Kia Forte 2013 SX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
85,661 miles
Used 2013
Kia Forte
SX
ListNot Listed
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Kia Forte 2013 EX 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
28,264 miles
Used 2013
Kia Forte
EX
List$9,988
Est.Loan: $187/mo
Good Deal!Good Deal!
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Dealer Notes
With the largest inventory in the area and GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL, visiting Sullivan Auto Trading just makes sense. We have a professional sales team and ASE certified technicians with many years of experience ready to serve your automotive needs We understand shopping online to find the vehicle that fits your needs is a small part of your goal. We know your #1 priority is to be confident and comfortable with accurate representation in your transaction. Our goal is not to sell you a vehicle, its our vision to earn a long standing relationship with our customers. We believe being a blessing to others is a seed sown to be blessed. We know we are #1 in pricing and vehicle condition in the market. This vehicle has been Virginia State Inspected, fully detailed and evaluated by our ASE Certified Technicians. Free Carfax reports are available for your convenience. We have an outstanding relationship with our Lending Institutions and are extremely competitive with interest rates.Please Call (540-371-9877) all Questions will be answered. Looking for a clean, well-cared for 2013 Kia Forte 5-Door? This is it. When you purchase a vehicle with the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, you're getting what you paid for. The Kia Forte 5-Door EX is economically and environmentally smart. Kia clearly delivers on its promise to provide a fuel-efficient vehicle that has the great qualities you need in a vehicle. This 2013 Kia Forte 5-Door has such low mileage it has been parked more than driven. This Kia Forte 5-Door is beautiful and the interior is clean with virtually no flaws. The 2013 Kia Forte 5-Door is built with pure muscle. Punch the throttle and feel the power of its torque and horsepower plant you firmly to the back of the seat. Sophistication, performance, style and class all wrapped up in this rare Kia Forte 5-Door. More information about the 2013 Kia Forte 5-Door: The Forte is Kia's entry into the crowded compact segment, competing with the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus. Starting at $15,400, the Forte offers clean attractive styling and a warranty that's hard to beat. A major emphasis has been put on offering the Forte with plenty of attractive optional equipment and using high quality materials on the interior. This model sets itself apart with available in a variety of body styles, great warranty, economical, plenty of standard features, and Attractive styling

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2013 Kia Forte is outclassed by newer competitors, but it still has a lot to offer in terms of value and style.

vehicle overview

Compact cars have gone from ho-hum to holy cow in a remarkably short time. When the Kia Forte was introduced, we were impressed by its sharp styling, quality cabin, agreeable driving dynamics and generous features list. Then the bar dramatically leapt upward as a slew of newer sedans were introduced that matched or greatly surpassed the Forte's previously praiseworthy attributes.

As such, the 2013 Kia Forte is easy to overlook even though it remains a perfectly acceptable compact car. It's still one of the few that offers three different body styles: a sedan, a four-door hatchback and a coupe. The Forte's features list also remains a bright spot, since Kia has only increased the amount of stuff you can cram into this relatively diminutive car. And in a sign of modern priorities, power locks and windows might not be standard, but Bluetooth, satellite radio and an iPod interface are.

Under the hood, the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine may not achieve that flashy 40-mpg highway number touted in the ads of rivals, but at 37 mpg, it's still properly efficient. If you're willing to sacrifice some mpg for a little mph, the SX trim delivers handling on par with anything in the class. The ride can be unpleasantly firm, though, which isn't the case for some of its newer competitors.

As for those competitors, the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3 should be your prime targets. Each provides a substantially nicer cabin, a more refined driving experience and its own fresh take on sharp styling. Their engines are more sophisticated, and even if they don't boast quite the same bang-for-your-buck, their features lists are overflowing with items you wouldn't normally associate with compact cars.

Given this, it should come as no surprise that Kia is fast at work creating a new-and-improved Forte ahead of the usual schedule. Until that car arrives, the 2013 Kia Forte is a decent choice if the right deal comes along, but you should know you'll be settling for something more ho-hum than holy cow.

Trim levels & features

The 2013 Kia Forte is available in three body styles: sedan, four-door hatchback ("Five-Door") and coupe (or "Koup" as Kia calls it). The sedan is available in LX, EX and SX trim levels, while the Five-Door and Koup are EX and SX only.

Standard equipment on the LX includes 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. There are no options for the LX.

The EX includes all of the following plus full power accessories, keyless entry, power-folding mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, map lights, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with steering wheel controls. The Five-Door and Koup get 16-inch alloy wheels standard, whereas the sedan gets them as part of the Premium package, which also includes a sunroof. The Eco package adds to the EX electric power steering, a different alternator, low-rolling-resistance tires and aerodynamic enhancements for improved fuel economy.

The Forte SX adds a more powerful engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, automatic headlights, foglights, LED running lights, steering wheel paddle shifters for the automatic transmission, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and metal-finish interior trim pieces. The Koup SX gets gloss black exterior trim pieces. The Leather package adds to the SX leather upholstery, heated front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The Technology package available on both EX and SX adds keyless ignition/entry, chrome exterior door handles, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a navigation system and real-time traffic. The EX version also gets the automatic headlights, foglights and LED running lights.

2013 Highlights

The 2013 Kia Forte gets additional acoustic insulation and upgraded leather for the steering wheel. New available features include LED running lights and power-folding mirrors.

Performance & mpg

The 2013 Kia Forte LX and EX are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. In certain states, the engine is certified as a Super-Ultra-Low-Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) and as a result produces 154 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 26 mpg city/36 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined for an automatic-equipped sedan or hatchback. The coupe and manual-equipped cars are just a hair worse. The Forte Eco package bumps efficiency to 27/37/30.

The SX gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder good for 173 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. In SULEV form the engine is rated at 165 hp and 161 lb-ft. The 2.4 gets the same transmission choices as the 2.0-liter. In Edmunds performance testing, an SX hatchback with an automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, which is on par with similarly powered cars. The Koup is a bit quicker. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23/32/26 with the automatic and marginally less with the manual.

Safety

Every 2013 Kia Forte comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, a Forte SX coupe came to a stop from 60 mph in an above-average 118 feet. An SX hatchback stopped in 122 feet, which is average.

In government crash testing, the Forte sedan and hatchback received four out of five stars for overall crash protection, frontal protection and side protection. The coupe has not been rated. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Forte sedan the highest possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.

Driving

The 2013 Kia Forte benefits from an increase in acoustic insulation for 2013, but this is still a car that lacks the refinement of its newer competitors. Its ride and handling also lack a certain sophistication. You either get doughy handling and a comfortable ride with the LX and EX, or sharp handling and a harsh ride with the SX. You don't need to make such sacrifices in a Ford Focus or Mazda 3.

The Forte's engine choices might also not be as sophisticated, but nevertheless deliver competitive power and fuel economy regardless of whether you opt for the 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter. Obviously, the latter is stronger. We highly recommend the automatic transmission, as the manual is both unpleasant and difficult to use.

Interior

The Kia Forte's interior is a fairly comfortable place, with good room up front and backseats with legroom that, while not great, is about par for the category. One notable exception is the coupe's rear seat, which is a tight squeeze by anyone's standards. The quality of the interior is certainly acceptable, but it's a noticeable step down from what you'll find in a Focus, Elantra or Volkswagen Golf. Some Forte test cars we've sampled have also suffered from haphazard construction. On the upside, interior controls are very user-friendly.

Both the coupe and sedan have a good amount of cargo room, with 12.6 cubic feet and 14.7 cubic feet, respectively. The hatchback version is even better, with 19.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats that expands to 44.2 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down to make a flat load floor.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2013 Kia Forte.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

surprising gas mileage
my_forte,05/12/2013
Since I was starting a new job that entailed a considerable commute, I needed a car with good gas mileage that didn't hurt the wallet too much. However, since I was going to be spending a considerable amount of time in the car, I wanted as many creature comforts as possible for a low price. The Kia Forte SX 2.4 litre does not sip fuel as well as the 2.0 litre, but I found that driving 100km/hour(legal speed limit here in Ontario), I could attain exactly the 6.2 litres/100km that was advertised...until my last fill-up. The odometer reached 9700 km and at 70-80km/hr while taking the scenic route home, the average consumption dipped to 5.1litres/100km. The 80km trip averaged 5.5litres/100km.
The car is okay, but the gas mileage is not very good.
soxmamma,01/28/2013
I have had my Kia Forte Hatchback since September and have not been impressed by the gas mileage. Highway miles I have not gotten over 30 and city miles are only at 20-22. I do not drive the car hard or jack rabbit starts at the stoplight. Not impressed and would probably go with a Honda or Toyota with my next car.
Great Car, But Drinks Gas
tekwrek,11/04/2012
We are pleased with all of the features except the mileage. Based on Kia's specs and Edmunds city/highway mileage calculator we expected mileage of 30 to 32 mpg. (The specs said 34+, but you never get that mileage.) However, we are averaging 26-27 mpg for primarily highway driving. Kia should have included the Forte in its fuel economy rating correction program and should have included Forte owners in its Vehicle Owners Compensation program. We have written to the company and EPA about the omission.
Economical Car
smrast,10/20/2014
I needed a car that got good gas and good value. I commute 160 miles a day (20 miles dirt road). Getting 31 MPG on average. This is my 4th Kia and one of the reasons of staying with them is the 100,000 warr. & all the options that are included with them. We drive our cars till they fall apart so the resale value means nothing.
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Features & Specs

MPG
26 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
156 hp @ 6200 rpm
MPG
23 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
173 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat3 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.3%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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