2018 Kia Forte Sedan


$16,800 - $21,700
2018 Kia Forte
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Pros

  • Feels roomy inside for a compact car
  • Many desirable standard and available features
  • Easy-to-use controls and straightforward touchscreen interface
  • Lengthy warranty coverage

Cons

  • Ride quality can be overly firm at times
  • The EX returns lackluster fuel economy for the class

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Features & Specs

LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
Starting MSRP$17,900$19,400$16,800$21,700
MPG32322828
Seating5555
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed manual6-speed shiftable automatic
Fuelgasgasgasgas
Horsepower147 hp @ 6200 rpm147 hp @ 6200 rpm147 hp @ 6200 rpm164 hp @ 6200 rpm

Safety

Our experts’ favorite Forte safety features:

Automatic Emergency Braking

Applies the brakes automatically to avoid a collision with an obstacle in front of the vehicle.
Blind-Spot Detection

Alerts the driver to the presence of other vehicles in the car's blind spots.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Monitors for moving traffic behind the vehicle when in reverse.

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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What a great car and value!
The best features are the smoothness of the drive, the quiet interior, the entertainment system, the safety features. The trunk is HUGE: lots of cargo space. Legroom is surprisingly very good. The car is bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside. I love the keyless ignition. I don't need to even take out my key (FOB); the locks sense the fob, and the door unlocks. You still have the option of pressing the unlock button on the fob itself. Then get in roomy driver's seat, put your foot on the brake, push the ignition button, and you're ready to go. The acceleration is awesome, but the downshift is pretty intense. The price of the car was amazing. I got the S model: sunroof, extra safety features. Just fantastic.
Much research--paid off
Heavily researched this car, esp. relying on CR tests. They rated this car tops in the compact class (overall score) tied with the Toyota Corolla. However, the Forte road score was higher. ( My own figures put this car out in front too, in this compact class.) Also, we test drove a Corolla for a week in 2014 and it drove like a bus in comparison. So, CR was right: car is a gem. Over 40 mpg pump to pump in all types of driving including plenty of hills (we live in the Adirondack Park of NY State.) Highlights are: great ride for comfort and lack of road noise. (Switching out the OEM tires for Continental Pure Contacts may have helped.) Also, we stuck with the original wheel size, i.e. 195/65R15, for which there are many advantages such as: less costly tire replacements, better ride (more rubber between rim and road,) better in snow and better mpg's with narrower tires, lighter and stronger than bigger rims, etc. etc. This car drives like a dream. Can't think of much to complain about. I'm 6'2" but plenty of headroom in front even with seat in highest position. Could actually go an inch higher, but driver's comfort and view out is first rate. Bought this 2018 in end of April and only have c. 1000K on it so much too soon for definitive observations, but so far could not be happier. Good choice. All that research paid off! We liked the folks at the dealer too (Della Kia.) Car is very nice looking (deep, rich, garnet red) and the price very right--recommend it indeed.
GREAT CAR
It's work the money compared to other vehicles in this same class.

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The 2018 Kia Forte is a compact car available as a sedan or hatchback that offers an impressive list of available features. Last year, the Forte was updated with new infotainment technology, more active safety features and driver aids, a more powerful and efficient base engine, and improved interior design and materials. For 2018, access to some of those updates was expanded to more of the Forte lineup.

On top of those updates, the compact Kia carries over its comfortable and spacious rear seat, accommodating trunk and quiet ride. All in all, the Forte is easy to use and easy to live with, making it a compact competitor worth checking out.

The base Forte LX sedan and Forte5 LX hatchback are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automatic is an optional upgrade. Also standard are 15-inch steel wheels (16-inch with the Forte5), heated mirrors, air conditioning, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seat, and four-speaker stereo system with a CD player, satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming and USB connectivity. Opt for the automatic transmission and you also get cruise control.

For 2018, Kia's Uvo infotainment system is available as an optional upgrade to the LX, adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are also a slew of interior upgrades as part of the Popular and Popular Plus packages.

Moving up, the sedan-only S trim upgrades to a sport-tuned suspension, alloy wheels, LED running lights, a rear spoiler, a chrome exhaust outlet, adjustable drive modes (including steering effort), distinctive cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and the 7-inch Uvo touchscreen system. Kia offers added active safety features including lane departure warning and prevention, blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking as optional extras.

The EX sedan ditches the S trim's sporty suspension and styling cues, while the EX hatchback holds onto them. Otherwise, both Forte EX styles receive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder generating 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, foglights, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED turn signal indicators on the mirror housings (and puddle lamps underneath), LED taillights, proximity entry and push-button ignition, ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear vents.

There's a package for the EX that adds ventilated front seats, navigation, HID headlights, a sunroof and extra safety features.

Finally, for hot-hatch enthusiasts, there's the hatchback-only Forte5 SX, which comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder rated at 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. This trim also comes with an appearance package that upgrades both the interior and exterior look.

Make sure to check out our full review to find out more, and take advantage of our shopping tools to find the best deal on a 2018 Kia Forte near you.

2018 Kia Forte Sedan Overview

The 2018 Kia Forte Sedan is offered in the following styles: LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Kia Forte Sedan?

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2018 Kia Forte Sedan S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Kia Forte Sedan S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,420. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Forte Sedan S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $5,180 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Kia Forte Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Kia Forte Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,920. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Forte Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $5,180 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Kia Forte Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

The 2018 Kia Forte Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,695. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Forte Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $4,180 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Kia Forte Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is 23.6% below the MSRP.

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2018 Kia Forte Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Kia Forte Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,720. The average price paid for a new 2018 Kia Forte Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,976 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Kia Forte Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is 17.5% below the MSRP.

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