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2024 Kia Forte

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Kia Forte highlights

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Pros

  • Available turbocharged engine
  • Standard smartphone integration
  • High fuel economy

Cons

  • Limited rear legroom
  • Firm ride
  • Vague steering

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 31 highway, 26 combined

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The Kia Forte compact sedan is a great value and sips fuel

The 2024 Kia Forte is a small economy sedan with an emphasis on value and great fuel mileage. Its compact size makes it ideal for city driving, where it can zip into tiny gaps in traffic or squeeze into snug curbside parking spots. Direct rivals to Kia’s least expensive four-door include the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta, and Mazda3. Changes for the 2024 model year are limited to minor option reshuffling.

In total, the Forte is available in four trims: LX, LXS, GT-Line, and GT. Serving as the standard powertrain is a 147-horsepower four-cylinder that’s paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Offered on the GT model is a 201-hp four-cylinder and choice of seven-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The latter shift-for-yourself gearbox is an increasing rarity and should prove popular with driving enthusiasts on a budget.

All Kia Forte years

5 reasons to buy the 2024 Kia Forte

What We Like  

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder: The standard 147-hp four-cylinder gets the job done, though the stouter 201-hp turbocharged engine in the Forte GT adds more sparkle to this sedan’s driving manners. Not only is it quicker in terms of sheer acceleration, the Forte GT also benefits from a sport-tuned suspension and upgraded exhaust system.   

  • Standard features: Kia isn’t stingy when it comes to equipping the Forte with comfort and driver-assist features. The base LX model is fitted with an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, two USB ports, and keyless entry. A number of driver-assist features, such as lane keeping assistance and a rear-seat reminder, also come at no additional cost. 

  • User-friendly tech: Many modern cars are saddled with a distracting infotainment interface that makes it difficult to navigate various commands while driving. Not so the Forte. Both the 8-inch standard screen and the optional 10.25-inch screen are easy to operate.  

What Needs Improvement   

  • Tight rear legroom: Anyone who routinely travels with a full complement of adult passengers might want to make sure everyone can get comfortable in the Forte’s rear confines. Legroom in the second row is tighter than what many rival compact sedans offer. 

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Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal gave the Kia Forte an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Forte 6th out of 46 among Compact Cars.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Kia Forte is $375, compared to an average of $453 for Compact Cars and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Kia Forte owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.9 times per year, compared to an average of 1.1 times for Compact Cars and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 9% for the Kia Forte, compared to an average of 12% for Compact Cars and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Kia Forte features and specs

GT 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

1.6L

Horsepower

201

Torque (ft-lbs)

195

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

14

Wheelbase

106.3"

Overall length

182.7"

Width

70.9"

Height

56.5"

Leg room

F 42.2"/R 35.7"

Head room

F 38.8"/R 37.5"

Front tires

P225/40HR18

Rear tires

P225/40HR18

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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