2018 Kia Forte

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Kia Forte highlights

Customer rating


  • Feels roomy for a compact sedan
  • Many desirable available features
  • Easy-to-use controls and infotainment touchscreen


  • EX trim returns lackluster fuel economy for the class
  • Ride quality can feel overly firm

Mileage (EPA estimate)

25 city, 33 highway, 28 combined

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The 2018 Kia Forte has tons of features to offer

The 2018 Kia Forte faces some stiff competition in the small sedan and hatchback segments—the hatchback model is sold under the name Forte5—but its roominess and wealth of options make it a worthwhile alternative. The Forte has a good-sized backseat and is larger than the average trunk, and even the base LX model was available with an upgraded touchscreen infotainment system. The Forte’s available 7-inch touchscreen is one of the best among its competitors, certainly much stronger than what you’ll find in a Honda or Toyota of the time. A fully-loaded Forte even offers ventilated front seats—a rarity in the segment.

The downsides are the somewhat firm ride and the choice between the LX and S trims’ underwhelming acceleration, or the EX trim’s lackluster fuel economy. Most driver aids are optional extras, and available only for the S and EX trims. With so many optional add-ons, you’ll have to check carefully to make sure you’re getting all the features you want.

All Kia Forte years

What is new for the 2018 Kia Forte?

  • Forte trims have been upgraded with Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment this year.
  • The LX trim now comes with Cruise Control as standard equipment.

2018 Kia Forte trims

Curious how Kia Forte trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities


  • 147-hp, 132-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Manual Transmission



  • Includes all features available on the S
  • 164-hp, 151-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Smart Key
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • View our Kia Forte EX inventory

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Kia Forte

What We Like

Interior space: The Forte makes the most of its available space, with a roomy-feeling interior and useful trunk. It’s not class-leading, but it’s enough to keep passengers comfortable.

Features: With its extensive list of optional features, the 2018 Forte offers more than you’ll find from its competitors. It offers one of the best available touchscreens in the class, and luxuries like leather-upholstered heated and ventilated seats.

Ease of use: The Forte’s controls are smartly laid out and clearly labeled. Its available touchscreen interface is snappy, feature-rich, and simple to get the hang of. An easy car to just get in and go.

What Needs Improvement

Performance or economy: The 2018 Forte leaves you with a choice: Get average fuel economy but underwhelming performance with the LX and S trims, or average performance but sub-par fuel economy with the EX trim.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2018 Kia Forte is a good car for the price. It is comfortable and has good gas mileage.

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.

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Kia Forte features and specs

EX 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Navigation System
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Sunroof(s)

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