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2023 Kia Forte

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RepairPal reliability rating

4.5 out of 5

Mileage (EPA estimate)

28 city, 39 highway, 32 combined

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All Kia Forte years

New for 2023

  • The Forte is available in a new trim called the LX.
  • The FE trim has been discontinued for 2023.
  • Forte trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control, Front Seat Heaters, Leatherette Seats, and Rear Spoiler as standard equipment this year.
  • The GT trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

Explore Kia Forte details

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 Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine

Optional Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive type


Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.2"/R 35.7"

Head room

F 38.8"/R 37.5"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




5 reasons to buy the 2023 Kia Forte

1. Standard driver-assistance suite

With the 2023 Kia Forte, you don't have to upgrade to a mid-range or top-level trim to enjoy driver-assistance features. Even on the 2023 Forte's base FE trim, you'll find equipment such as forward collision mitigation, lane-departure warning, lane keep assist, and driver-attention warning. If you're looking for blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and an innovative safe-exit system, you can get these by stepping up to the LXS trim.

2. A trim for every driver

Speaking of trims, the 2023 Kia Forte is available in a range of four trim configurations—so you'll have no trouble choosing one to suit your needs and preferences. The base FE trim is well equipped with features such as a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine at 147 hp, an eight-inch touchscreen display, multiple driving modes, and wireless smartphone integration. If you're looking for a trim designed with more luxury features, the GT-Line includes such upgrades as a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display, a built-in navigation system, dual-zone climate control, and cloth sport seats with simulated leather accents. For maximum performance, the GT trim boasts a sport suspension, dual chrome exhaust tips, and 18-inch wheels to elevate your driving experience.

3. Impressive fuel economy

Even for a small sedan, the 2023 Forte offers impressive fuel economy. Exact mileage can vary depending on a number of factors, but the 2023 Forte base trim with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined.

This makes the 2023 Forte a great choice for drivers who want to space out stops at the fuel pump without sacrificing comfort or style.

4. Available turbocharged engine

Despite its small size, the 2023 Forte is capable of packing quite a punch underneath the hood. While the standard engine on the FE, LXS, and GT-Line trim is a 2.0L four-cylinder, the performance-oriented GT trim comes with an upgraded engine that's turbocharged for revved-up performance. Specifically, this model boasts a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo at 201 hp and is paired with either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

5. Advanced tech features

From a technology standpoint, the 2023 Kia Forte is ahead of its time. Standard tech features even on its base FE trim include wireless smartphone integration and an eight-inch touchscreen display, although the GT-Line includes more tech equipment in the form of a built-in navigation system and a larger touchscreen display. Meanwhile, an available GT-Line Technology package adds innovations like an electronic parking brake, navigation-based smart cruise control, and pedestrian/cyclist collision avoidance to its list of tech features on the GT-Line trim.

Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal reliability rating


RepairPal gave the Kia Forte an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Forte 4th out of 44 among Compact Cars.


RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Kia Forte is $421, compared to an average of $482 for Compact Cars and $619 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 0.7 times per year, compared to an average of 1.0 times for Compact Cars and 1.4 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 6% for the Kia Forte, compared to an average of 10% for Compact Cars and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

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