2017 Kia Forte


$16,600 - $21,300
2017 Kia Forte
Save up to $2,675

Pros

  • Feels roomy inside for a small car
  • Many desirable standard and optional features
  • Easy-to-use controls and simple touchscreen interface
  • Warranty coverage is better than most in the segment

Cons

  • Ride quality can be overly firm at times
  • EX sedan returns lackluster fuel economy

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Features & Specs

LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
Starting MSRP$17,600$16,600$19,300$21,300
MPG32283228
Seating5555
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed manual6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic
Fuelgasgasgasgas
Horsepower147 hp @ 6200 rpm147 hp @ 6200 rpm147 hp @ 6200 rpm164 hp @ 6200 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    Overall4/5
    Driver4/5
    Passenger4/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    Overall5/5
  • Side Barrier Rating

    Overall5/5
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front Seat5/5
    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
    G
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    G
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    G
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

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My second Forte
Bought a 2010 Forte LX (5 speeds manual) back in 2010. 160K miles later, I had to trade it in for a 2017 Forte LX (manual 6 speeds). What an improvement ! First of all, not one problem, itch or snooze on my previous Kia. Never opened the hood. All oil changes done by professionals. I already had great mpg, but this new one ? Even better. Manual says 32 city/39 Highway. I get 41 city/45 Highway. Of course, my commute (120 miles per day - 20% city and 80% Thruway) is pretty much on flat road (no hills) and the temperatures are constantly over 40 degrees. Good dry conditions. Speed of 70-75 mph when Tach read 2,750 rpm. This car purrs and swallows the miles one by one. Comfort is what you can expect from a "small" car. Everything being new, you need some time to get used to it, or for the car to get used to you. Now, odd enough, no spare tire nor donut in the back trunk. Just some kind of fix-your-flat-yourself-kit with a plug-in pump (and patch?), enough for 50 miles to get to a station (?).The dash boards illuminates nicely and I still have not figured out why the outside temperature reading starts flashing when it get under 40 degrees F (or everytime it drops under 30, 20 etc...). Acceleration is nice, although there seem to be a soft spot when starting in 1st gear which obliges you to push and reach 4,000 rpm or shift into second very quickly. The sound is definitely not premium. Automatic windows is a nice upgrade from my previous Kia and the electronic lock/unlock is also a nice addition. I hope to have it last a long time. From previous experience, it will. Update after owning this Forte for 7 Months: Winter is over. No special tires, just the ones this car came with and no problem on the snow (and God knows that Rochester, NY, can have plenty of it). No sliding. Really happy about the mileage per gallon. Constantly hitting the 47.5 mpg, although this little car doesn't seem to like the rain (or the cold). At 2,500 rpm, on highway, you should easily get 50 mpg without pushing your gears too much (of course, no extra weight/passengers/luggage). Still a "dead spot" when starting in 1st gear and I suspect a "bad" electronic distribution, but not enough to put that car through computer testings. So far so good. Reliable it is. A year has passed. Mileage per gallon is still the same 47-48 miles per gallon, although I suspect that this will change with the cold weather coming. Still, no problem and hood is staying closed (besides oil changes done by pros). Still very happy with the purchase
pleasantly surprised
first let me say tis is the first brand new car I purchased/leased since 2001. Until oct. 2014 I was driving a Chevrolet cavalier. in 2014 it was going to cost me over $4000 just to get it ready to pass inspection. surprising to mea s it only had about 80,000 miles on it. so I traded it in on a 2008 Hyundai elentra. very pleasant surprise. it got about 6 mpg more then the cavalier. had the elantra for about 2 and half years. had 78,000 miles on it. when I traded it in on the 2017 kia forte lx it had a little over 86,000 miles on it. as you can see I don't do a ton of driving in a year. decided to check out a deal I heard on the radio from a local Pennsylvania dealer. very misleading ad. in the ad they stated that they would guarantee $6000 for your trade and $9000 off list price of a new 2017 sonata. called the dealer as I did not want to drive over an hour for nothing. the salesman told me I had misheard the ad. it was either the $6000 trade in or $9000 off list price. I was not the only one who heard the ad the way I did. so I started looking at other Hyundai dealers. after talking with the sales people they informed that an elntra might be a better fit for me. as the incentives were better.got some ok deals. then remembered that kia was the sister company of hyundai so I called a couple of kia dealers and asked about the optima. but since I wanted to stay at roughly the same monthly payment I was at they recommended the forte. took one out for a test drive and found I liked it better than the 2017 elentra I had test driven. comparing the elantra and forte to me I found the forte better handling and as good a ride. the interior of the forte again to me seemed better quality. got the forte on 4/7/2017. have had it a month and I am very happy with it. I am getting over 30 mpg in what is basically local driving. would recommend this over the elantra. also have to like the 5 yr warranty.
Nice car to own and ride
I leased 2017 KIA forte LX for only 79$ per month for 3 yrs. I am very happy about the car. Fuel economy is great, interior is good and when it comes to exterior it does not look like a cheap car at all. Brake system exceeded my expectation. However,My comment on performance is different. Acceleration for this 2.0 L engine is weak. When it comes to merging into traffic make sure you have enough room with incoming cars because you are not able to speed up quickly! But overal it is such a good car to ride and worths every penny you spent.

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MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm Edmunds editor Mark Takahashi. And here's an Expert Rundown of the 2017 Kia Forte. There are three different Kia Forte models that include a sedan, an upcoming coupe, and this, the Forte5 hatchback. For 2017, the Forte gets a slight facelift, some new features, and a sporty seven-speed transmission. For hatchback shoppers, getting the most for your money is key. The Forte5 definitely does that with a lot of standard and optional features, but it does come up short in terms of fuel efficiency. The Forte5 has a lot more cargo space and versatility even than the sedan. But compared to other hatchbacks, it's only about average for the class. Inside the Forte feels roomy. There's even enough space for taller adults in the back seats. And the interior has a nice modern design with plenty of quality materials. We do need to point out, however, that many advanced safety features are only available on the sedan. Whether it's the hatchback or sedan, when you factor in a very generous warranty, the Kia Forte's bottom line is that of an undeniable value. This gives it enough to battle our class favorites that include the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, and Ford Focus.

2017 Kia Forte Expert Rundown Review

Looking for a great compact offering the latest and greatest technology and features? The 2017 Kia Forte might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

2017 Kia Forte for Sale

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This is the vehicle for you if you're looking to get great gas mileage on your way to work** Are you longing for a quality value in a vehicle? Well, with this hot Vehicle, you are going to get it!! My!! My!! My!! What a deal!! Optional equipment includes: EX Premium Plus Package, Carpeted Floor Mats, Cargo Tray...

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Great MPG: 33 MPG Hwy. A real head turner!! Tired of the same dull drive? Well change up things with this noteworthy EX* Optional equipment includes: Carpeted Floor Mats, Cargo Tray...

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The 2017 Kia Forte has been significantly refreshed for the new model year to remain competitive in the hot compact sedan market. Wider and longer but not taller, the Forte now takes a sleeker, more aggressive stance, and styling touches such as revamped headlights and taillights, a sloping beltline and Kia’s “tiger nose” grille lend a European touch to a car from a Korean automaker that is made in Mexico.

In addition to a revamped look, the 2017 Forte gets a new, more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter base engine, a new transmission, an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a host of available safety and driver assist technologies. There’s also a sporty new S trim level with firmer suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a number of extra comfort and convenience features.

The Forte ups the ante for compact car interiors with sporty design, surprisingly good quality materials, room for real adults in both the front and back, well-placed controls and a generous amount of cargo room. Higher trim levels even include luxury touches such as heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel and dual-zone automatic climate control. And an available navigation system, drive mode system (with Normal, Eco and Sport modes), and the latest infotainment and connectivity functions should help engage technophiles.

The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque and is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a newly engineered six-speed automatic transmission. Power for the top-of-the-line EX model is provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque and only comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Although not class-leading in acceleration or handling, the Forte performs capably on the road. The suspension is tuned on the firm side — especially in the new S model — but most buyers will likely find the ride to be comfy enough. The redesigned six-speed automatic transmission provides smooth, progressive shifts, but shoppers in the market for something a bit more sporty may be disappointed that a manual gearbox and the higher-output engine are not available in the S.

Fuel economy for the entry-level 2017 Forte equipped with the base engine and automatic transmission is EPA rated at a combined 32 mpg (29 city/38 highway). Move up to the EX model and the rating drops to a combined 28 mpg (25 city/33 highway).

The base Forte LX is equipped to compete well with its compact sedan rivals, and its emphasis on technology features is sure to strike a chord with many shoppers. The S trim level provides a firmer ride, as well as a number of sporty interior and exterior touches, while the EX adds a slew of luxury and convenience features. Consumers in the market for a hatchback or coupe will also find Forte models to suit them. Whatever your preferences, let Edmunds help you find the right 2017 Kia Forte to meet your needs.

2017 Kia Forte Overview

The 2017 Kia Forte is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and SX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM).

What do people think of the 2017 Kia Forte?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Kia Forte and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Forte 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Forte.

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What's a good price for a New 2017 Kia Forte?
2017 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2017 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,485. The average price paid for a new 2017 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $2,675 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,675 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $19,810.

The average savings for the 2017 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is 11.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2017 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2017 Kia Forte S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2017 Kia Forte S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,180. The average price paid for a new 2017 Kia Forte S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,928 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,928 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,252.

The average savings for the 2017 Kia Forte S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is 8.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2017 Kia Forte S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

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