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2021 Kia Forte

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Kia Forte highlights

Customer reviews

4.7 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating

4.5 out of 5

Mileage (EPA estimate)

31 city, 41 highway, 35 combined

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All Kia Forte years

New for 2021

  • Forte trims have been upgraded with Leather Seats and Navigation System as standard equipment this year.
  • Running Boards, Tow Hitch, and Full Roof Rack features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The GT trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment.
  • The GT-Line trim now comes with Auxiliary Audio Input as standard equipment.
  • The EX trim now comes with Sunroof(s), Harman Kardon Sound, and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

Explore Kia Forte details

FE 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control

Optional Features

  • Cloth Seats

Drive type


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Overall length






Leg room

F 42.2"/R 35.7"

Head room

F 38.8"/R 37.5"

Front tires


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Seating capacity




5 reasons to buy the 2021 Kia Forte

1. Lots of features

Kia has been very generous with its features in the 2021 Forte. The ideal commuter car, the 2021 Kia Forte is a pleasure to drive and includes an eight-inch touchscreen display as standard, with additional easy-to-use physical controls below. Even the base sound system comes with four speakers, and there are plenty of entertainment options thanks to Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto connectivity. The Forte also includes cruise control and a USB charging port, making life even more comfortable on those long drives.

2. Generous space

For a compact car, the 2021 Kia Forte has an impressive amount of space, making it a strong choice for shopping trips or filling with luggage for a weekend away. You've got a total passenger volume of 96 cu-ft to stretch out in and 15.3 cu-ft of trunk space. Front headroom is 38.8 inches and front legroom is 42.2 inches. The vehicle also seats up to five people across two rows, and the seats are well-cushioned and supportive for long drives.

3. A delightful drive

One of the biggest selling points for the 2021 Kia Forte is its mpg. Besides the GT trim, all other Forte models feature a 2L four-cylinder engine that produces 147 hp. This engine achieves an EPA-estimated 35 combined mpg, which means you can rest easy even when commuting to and from the city.

4. Five appealing trims

There are five versions of the 2021 Kia Forte to choose from: FE, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT. The four lower trims come with a 147-hp, four-cylinder engine, while the GT achieves 201 hp with its turbocharged engine. The LXS trim and above come with continuously variable automatic transmission as standard, while higher trims add increasing levels of sophistication to interior materials and features. Each version of the Forte is great for commuting, shopping, and carpooling thanks to its space and comfort.

5. Comfort as a priority

Kia has defied the compact nature of the 2021 Forte by ensuring that it's as comfortable and spacious as possible. Not only is it a comfortable ride, but even the base trim comes with heated front seats, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift, and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. All of this is designed to ensure you and your passengers enjoy each and every ride.

Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.7 out of 5

3 customer reviews

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.

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2021 Kia Forte trims

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