Kia Forte
Kia Forte
Kia Forte

2022 Kia Forte

Pros: Competitive pricing; good passenger room for a compact; nicely finished interior

Cons: Engine noise under hard acceleration; real-world fuel economy doesn’t match EPA numbers

CG Says: The 2022 Kia Forte has refreshed styling and an available 10.25-inch control screen. Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is now standard with the 8-inch control screen. Newly available are safe exit warning, navigation-aided smart cruise, and semi-autonomous driving assist. Lane-following assist is now standard. A 6-speed manual transmission is no longer available with the base 2.0-liter engine. The Kia Forte compact sedan was redesigned for 2019. (Kia’s Forte5 4-door hatchback has been dropped.) The sporty GT has a 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automated-manual transmission. All other Fortes have a 147-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that is paired with a CVT automatic transmission.
The Forte’s available features include autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, and wireless cell-phone charging.
Overall, the 2021 Kia Forte doesn’t outshine its rivals in any key area, but it’s a pleasant car that maintains Kia’s tradition of offering an outstanding value for the dollar.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices FE: $20,185
LXS: $20,685
GT-Line: $22,385
GT: $24,585

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (FE, LXS, GT-Line,)
Horsepower
147
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
29-31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
39-41

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (GT)
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-35

Kia Forte
2022 Kia Forte
Road Tests and Additional Info
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4
80%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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