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2015 Kia Forte EX

2015 Kia Forte EX - 47,640 mi

Bourbonnais, IL - Listed today
  • $2,438 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1 positive , low miles
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Used 2015 Kia Forte EX for Sale - $9,200 - 47,640 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, alloy wheels, satellite radio, power outlet
Category: Used Cars
Location: Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Price: $9,200
Mileage: 47,640 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
3.9 star
Exterior Color: Silver
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Interior Color: Black
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 29
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAFX4A83F5378324
Positives: warranty
2018 Kia Forte LX

2018 Kia Forte LX - 20,405 mi

Girard, PA - Listed 24 days ago
  • $1,474 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
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Used 2018 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $11,999 - 20,405 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Girard, PA 16417
Price: $11,999
Mileage: 20,405 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Manual
Dealer Rating:
3.7 star
Exterior Color: Garnet Red
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFK4A7XJE250880
  • 2017
    $11,942
  • 2018
    $12,808
  • 2019
    $14,774
  • 2020
    $15,677
  • 2021
    $18,434
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How can you save money on a used Kia Forte?

  • Manual

    $12,370
    $727 Savings

    Automatic

    $13,098
  • Non-CPO

    $13,637
    $76 Savings

    CPO

    $13,713

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Brown

$1,202Average Savings

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Orange

$3,676Average Premium

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2018 Kia Forte LX

2018 Kia Forte LX - 18,555 mi

Portland, OR - Listed 5 days ago
  • $3,260 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles
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Used 2018 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $9,995 - 18,555 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Portland, OR 97232
Price: $9,995
Mileage: 18,555 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.7 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 32
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFK4A76JE238449
2017 Kia Forte LX

2017 Kia Forte LX - 56,480 mi

Marietta, GA - Listed 26 days ago
  • $2,976 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
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Used 2017 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $8,995 - 56,480 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Marietta, GA 30060
Price: $8,995
Mileage: 56,480 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFK4A77HE140959
2017 Kia Forte LX

2017 Kia Forte LX - 65,519 mi

Jacksonville, FL - Listed 8 days ago
  • $3,399 below market price
  • dealer rating
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Used 2017 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $8,500 - 65,519 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Jacksonville, FL 32277
Price: $8,500
Mileage: 65,519 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.7 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFK4A73HE084230
2014 Kia Forte LX

2014 Kia Forte LX - 37,852 mi

Chicago, IL - Listed 25 days ago
  • $3,548 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles
$9,790
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Used 2014 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $9,450 - 37,852 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet
Category: Used Cars
Location: Chicago, IL 60641
Price: $9,450
Mileage: 37,852 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
3.9 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 29
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAFX4A69E5234368
2016 Kia Forte LX

2016 Kia Forte LX - 70,653 mi

Indianapolis, IN - Listed 16 days ago
  • $2,942 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles , free CARFAX
$9,995
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Used 2016 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $7,500 - 70,653 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Indianapolis, IN 46240
Price: $7,500
Mileage: 70,653 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 31
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAFK4A66G5573686
2016 Kia Forte LX

2016 Kia Forte LX - 70,249 mi

Conyers, GA - Listed 40 days ago
  • $2,695 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
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Used 2016 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $8,395 - 70,249 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Conyers, GA 30094
Price: $8,395
Mileage: 70,249 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 31
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAFK4A6XG5475647
2018 Kia Forte LX

2018 Kia Forte LX - 66,416 mi

Conyers, GA - Listed 116 days ago
  • $3,422 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , free CARFAX
$8,988
PREVIEW
Used 2018 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $8,288 - 66,416 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Conyers, GA 30094
Price: $8,288
Mileage: 66,416 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 32
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFK4A76JE243182
2012 Kia Forte EX

2012 Kia Forte EX - 110,814 mi

Grafton, WV - Listed 31 days ago
  • $1,198 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1 positive , free CARFAX
$5,517
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Used 2012 Kia Forte EX for Sale - $4,927 - 110,814 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet
Category: Used Cars
Location: Grafton, WV 26354
Price: $4,927
Mileage: 110,814 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.5 star
Exterior Color: Snow White Pearl
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 29
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAFU4A28C5611484
Positives: clean history
2018 Kia Forte LX

2018 Kia Forte LX - 8,440 mi

Farmingdale, NY - Listed 17 days ago
  • $1,444 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles
$11,995
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Used 2018 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $11,500 - 8,440 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Farmingdale, NY 11735
Price: $11,500
Mileage: 8,440 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.5 star
Exterior Color: Aurora Black
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Interior Color: Black
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 32
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFL4A71JE228943
2017 Kia Forte S

2017 Kia Forte S - 46,274 mi

White Plains, NY - Listed 53 days ago
  • $2,650 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
$10,495
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Used 2017 Kia Forte S for Sale - $9,495 - 46,274 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, alloy wheels, satellite radio
Category: Used Cars
Location: White Plains, NY 10607
Price: $9,495
Mileage: 46,274 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFL4A77HE041670
2021 Kia Forte LXS

2021 Kia Forte LXS - 8,879 mi

Marietta, GA - Listed 44 days ago
  • $3,476 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
PREVIEW
Used 2017 Kia Forte S for Sale - $9,495 - 46,274 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, backup camera, alloy wheels, satellite radio
Category: Used Cars
Location: White Plains, NY 10607
Price: $9,495
Mileage: 46,274 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFL4A77HE041670
2015 Kia Forte LX

2015 Kia Forte LX - 79,306 mi

Tobyhanna, PA - Listed 48 days ago
  • $3,371 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles
$5,795
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Used 2015 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $5,495 - 79,306 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet
Category: Used Cars
Location: Tobyhanna, PA 18466
Price: $5,495
Mileage: 79,306 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.4 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 31
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAFK4A69F5366448
2016 Kia Forte LX

2016 Kia Forte LX - 42,070 mi

Colorado Springs, CO - Listed 10 days ago
  • $2,718 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles , free CARFAX
PREVIEW
Used 2016 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $8,697 - 42,070 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Price: $8,697
Mileage: 42,070 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
3.3 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 31
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAFK4A61G5491798
2017 Kia Forte LX

2017 Kia Forte LX - 72,057 mi

Jacksonville, FL - Listed 23 days ago
  • $3,221 below market price
  • dealer rating
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Used 2017 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $8,500 - 72,057 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Jacksonville, FL 32277
Price: $8,500
Mileage: 72,057 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.7 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFK4A72HE161315
2017 Kia Forte LX

2017 Kia Forte LX - 20,805 mi

San Bernardino, CA - Listed 71 days ago
  • $3,125 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles
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Used 2017 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $9,000 - 20,805 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: San Bernardino, CA 92405
Price: $9,000
Mileage: 20,805 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFK4A74HE059403
2018 Kia Forte LX

2018 Kia Forte LX - 50,386 mi

Conyers, GA - Listed 11 days ago
  • $2,252 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , free CARFAX
PREVIEW
Used 2018 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $9,988 - 50,386 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Conyers, GA 30094
Price: $9,988
Mileage: 50,386 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 32
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFK4A79JE229244
2017 Kia Forte LX

2017 Kia Forte LX - 56,346 mi

Pleasant Grove, UT - Listed 17 days ago
  • $2,367 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • 1-owner , low miles , free CARFAX
$7,999
PREVIEW
Used 2017 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $7,499 - 56,346 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Price: $7,499
Mileage: 56,346 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
5 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 28
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFK4A73HE132969
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2018 Kia Forte LX

2018 Kia Forte LX - 56,368 mi

Grand Rapids, MI - Listed 61 days ago
  • $2,903 below market price
  • 1-owner , free CARFAX
  • 1 price drop in 62 days
$9,985
PREVIEW
Used 2018 Kia Forte LX for Sale - $9,675 - 56,368 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, satellite radio, power outlet, anti-theft system
Category: Used Cars
Location: Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Price: $9,675
Mileage: 56,368 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Num Owners: 1 owner
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: 3KPFK4A71JE177088
2010 Kia Forte SX

2010 Kia Forte SX - 64,652 mi

Saint Augustine, FL - Listed today
  • $1,334 below market price
  • dealer rating
  • low miles
PREVIEW
Used 2010 Kia Forte SX for Sale - $7,116 - 64,652 miles - with bluetooth, child safety, alloy wheels, satellite radio, power outlet
Category: Used Cars
Location: Saint Augustine, FL 32086
Price: $7,116
Mileage: 64,652 miles
For Sale By: Dealer
Transmission: Automatic
Dealer Rating:
4.8 star
Engine: 4-Cylinder
Fuel Type: Gasoline
MPG: 26
Seats: 5 seater
Drivetrain: FWD
VIN: KNAFW4A32A5266811
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Used Kia Forte for Sale Statistics

  • 7,939 cars for sale found, starting at $1,995
  • Average price for Used Kia Forte: $15,893
  • 546 deals found. Average savings of $1,091
  • Save up to $3,548 below estimated market price

What Kia Forte model year and mileage can you get for your budget?

Year Price Mileage
2021 $17,885 to $19,000 1,000 to 7,022 miles
2020 $14,101 to $17,428 2,013 to 34,068 miles
2019 $13,773 to $15,849 6,256 to 43,220 miles
2018 $11,899 to $13,786 9,074 to 58,626 miles
2017 $10,703 to $13,323 11,349 to 73,923 miles

Used Kia Forte Pricing

Average Price
$15,893
For a used Kia Forte
Average Savings
$1,091
Based on all Forte deals found
Biggest Savings
$3,548
Below estimated market price
Good Deal
$11,940
Typical price of a good deal

What's the price of a Used Kia Forte by year?

Average price by year
Average mileage by year

Where to find a cheap Kia Forte ?

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Top Cities Average Price
Cleveland $12,163
West Palm Beach $14,497
Raleigh $14,556
Dallas $14,936
Washington $15,082
Miami $15,596
Houston $15,798
Seattle $15,804
Baltimore $15,930
Phoenix $15,983
Philadelphia $16,905
Chicago $16,917
Atlanta $16,994
Los Angeles $18,037
New York $18,490
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How to save money when buying a used Kia Forte ?

Transmission Buying a Kia Forte with stick shift instead of a automatic transmission can save you $727
Certified Choosing non-CPO vs Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) can save you $76 on a Kia Forte

What colors are the best deals for a Kia Forte ?

Least Expensive Color
Brown $1,202Average Savings
Most Expensive Color
Orange $3,676Average Premium

What Kia Forte color has the best resale value ?

Price differences by car color compared to the average price of a used Kia Forte

Average car color pricing for a used Kia Forte ?

Rank Color Compared to Avg Price
1 Brown $1,202 Savings
2 Silver $449 Savings
3 Red $305 Savings
4 Blue $68 Savings
5 Black $5 Savings
6 White $64 Higher
7 Purple $199 Higher
8 Gray $1,094 Higher
9 Orange $3,676 Higher

What is the best time to buy a used Kia Forte ?

Good times to buy
- Save $237 on average: January, August, September, October, November, December are good times to buy to find the best prices.
Good times to sell
- Make an extra $241 on average: February, March, April, May, June, July are good times to sell to get the best prices
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Kia Forte Rankings vs. the Competition

(Based on Last 5 Years' Data)
#3 - Most cargo room
#4 - Most horsepower
#6 - Safest
#6 - Greenest
#6 - Most leg room
#7 - Most fuel-efficient
#8 - Kept longest
#8 - Most spacious
#10 - Longest-lasting

What Is The Average Price Of A Used Kia Forte By Model Year?

Year Average Price Deals Listings
2021 Kia Forte for Sale $20,661 Save $3,563 on 17 deals 4,294 listings
2020 Kia Forte for Sale $17,860 Save $3,208 on 34 deals 953 listings
2019 Kia Forte for Sale $17,001 Save $2,989 on 34 deals 884 listings
2018 Kia Forte for Sale $14,217 Save $3,521 on 96 deals 1,132 listings
2017 Kia Forte for Sale $12,853 Save $3,346 on 135 deals 1,126 listings
2016 Kia Forte for Sale $11,311 Save $3,065 on 87 deals 587 listings
2015 Kia Forte for Sale $9,968 Save $3,377 on 69 deals 371 listings

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Price of Used Kia Forte in top 10 Cities

Average Price Deals Listings
Kia Forte in Houston $15,798 Save $2,932 on 20 deals 332 listings
Kia Forte in Atlanta $17,083 Save $3,563 on 44 deals 329 listings
Kia Forte in Dallas $15,439 Save $2,989 on 12 deals 185 listings
Kia Forte in Chicago $16,917 Save $3,548 on 29 deals 370 listings
Kia Forte in Miami $15,654 Save $2,726 on 19 deals 208 listings
Kia Forte in Los Angeles $18,037 Save $3,294 on 65 deals 716 listings
Kia Forte in Philadelphia $16,976 Save $2,881 on 35 deals 659 listings
Kia Forte in San Antonio $14,013 Save $1,676 on 2 deals 52 listings
Kia Forte in Phoenix $16,328 Save $3,208 on 13 deals 295 listings
Kia Forte in Orlando $18,155 Save $2,939 on 7 deals 306 listings

Filter on Used Used Kia Forte Trims

Trim Average Price Listings Specs
Used Kia Forte LX
(2010-2018)
$12,229 2,894 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Forte LXS
(2019-2020)
$16,917 1,208 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Forte EX
(2010-2020)
$10,371 713 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Forte S
(2017-2019)
$15,375 431 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Forte FE
(2019-2020)
$17,826 223 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Forte GT Line
(2020)
$19,835 131 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Forte GT
(2020)
$21,011 42 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Used Kia Forte SX
(2010-2013)
$7,073 37 Listings
Body Style Sedan
Drive Train FWD
Fuel Type Gasoline
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Kia Forte Overview

The Kia Forte is the Korean company's best-selling small car. Known by several names globally, the Forte was introduced into the United States in 2010. Sold as a coupe, sedan, and hatchback, the Forte entered its second generation of design in 2014. Powered by four-cylinder engines and known for its sporty driving nature and low cost, the Forte has been a popular entry-level purchase on the new market and a common used car purchase for commuters and as a second car.

Marketed towards younger buyers, the Kia Forte sees a surprising number of older buyers looking for a sporty, economical, and low-cost car. It's often purchased as a daily commute vehicle or secondary car. Used Fortes are also often purchased as first cars for teenagers and college students.

Although the Forte is sold at low cost and has a lower used car purchase price than competitors, the excellent warranty often means that it's a dependable choice even when used. The number of overall complaints from buyers are low in comparison to other models on the market. The most common complaint is with oil leaks in the first-generation Forte, often early in the car's life (under 20,000 miles). This is usually covered under the vehicle's warranty as a repair.

The Kia Forte is an excellent choice for those looking for a low-cost, efficient, dependable option in a compact car. As a commute vehicle, second family car, or first car for younger buyers, a used Forte is a solid choice. Buyers should check the vehicle's maintenance history for warranty compliance before purchase, but will find assurance in the 10 year warranties given with most of these little cars.

Test Drive Reviews

2019 Kia Forte

2017 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is an often overlooked compact car that revels in its own value-oriented pricing and unexpectedly good delivery. It's a car with a short price tag and a lot of almost-upscale fittings.

The 2017 Kia Forte received some updated front-end styling, a few added options and a new S trim level for the sedan model with a sportier aim. A new base engine replaces the underpowered and outdated four-cylinder with a slightly larger one that also brings surprising fuel economy. Infotainment is upgraded and new advanced safety features are added as options for upper trims.

We're fans of the Forte, one of the few compact cars available today that offers both comfort and a low price tag. It's never been a best-seller in the segment, but it stacks up very well against those that are. And with Kia's standard warranty being far beyond what others offer, that's nothing to be snide about. Sadly, the fun little two-door Forte Koup model has been dropped. But with all of the other improvements this car sees for 2017, that's a small price to pay.

2016 Kia Forte

For 2016 the Forte remains available in either sedan form, as a two door Koup or as a Volkswagen Golf rivaling five door hatchback in the Forte5. Both the Koup and Forte5 are available with an optional and potently addictive 1.6 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder good for 201 horsepower/195 lb. feet of torque in SX trim.

EX trim levels in all models get Kia's capable if a bit unexciting 2.0 liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder good for 170 horsepower/154 lb. feet of torque. Base LX sedan models get a 1.8 liter 145 horsepower/130 lb. feet of torque 4-cylinder that thankfully is available with a manual gearbox. The EX trim level on the sedan and Forte5 with the 2.0-liter motor is automatic only. The Forte Koup, however, can be had with the 2.0-liter engine and a six-speed manual. Confused yet? We have yet to try the 1.8-liter motor so our comments here are relegated to the other two powertrain options.

Both the 2.0 liter and 1.6 turbo engines are capable of keeping up with traffic, one just does it with more gusto and verve most especially when mated to the standard 6-speed manual gearbox which has a wide clutch bite point and makes smooth shifting easy. An equally competent 6-speed automatic is optional and the most widely chosen transmission. We do appreciate, however, that Kia offers a manual with each Forte model. Sadly, the Forte sedan is still unavailable with the turbocharged motor or in SX trim which we think is unfortunate.

For our review, we managed to have a week in both a 2016 Kia Forte EX 2.0 liter 4-cylinder sedan with automatic as well as a Kia Forte Koup SX turbo with the manual gearbox. Efforts to try to Forte5 were met with a "How many Forte's do you want for one review?" We agree that the Forte5 mainly differs from these two bodystyles in that it offers a lot more utility what with it rather large hatchback cargo room—23.2 cubic feet and that's before you fold down the rear seats. So do check out the Forte5 SX if maximum space and pace is your priority.

Now let's get on with the facts and nitpicking every aspect of the 2016 Kia Forte. You know you love it when we do this.

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2014 Kia Forte

(Graded Score after Eight Categories: C+)

This comprehensive review of the truly exemplary 2014 Kia Forte sedan (it was totally redesigned for this model year) also marks the start of not only a clearer number based ratings system at iSeeCars.com but also marks the start of a 12 compact sedan review by review comparison test. At the end of reviewing all twelve models we will then publish a list of who was first and who most certainly was not.

As for the number based rating system it will go from one (the lowest score) to ten (the highest) in each review category and, no, there will be no additional percentage point scores like 6.4. This is not the Olympics and we are not the judges from some recently independent Eastern Block Nation. Even we are not that picky and to us a cup holder design can make or break an interior.

Included in the 12 will be the 2014 Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta, Mazda3, Mitsubishi Lancer, Subaru Impreza, Ford Focus, Dodge Dart, Chevy Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra and, well, that's pretty much everyone. Yes, that's a lot of compact cars but this model class is not only huge from a sales volume perspective but also is one of the most fiercely competitive in the auto industry. So if you are a car shopper looking at a compact sedan take comfort that we are taking this endeavor very seriously so you make the best choice for you.

As one last side note, not only are cars like the Forte vital for people on a car buying budget but they also represent the advances smaller cars have made in this country due to many people choosing to "downsize" their next new car purchase. So while 8 years ago that Explorer seemed like a perfectly good commuter right now many want an affordable, fuel efficient, reliable yet still feature packed and fun to drive compact car. So, how did the latest Kia Forte fare during its weeklong stay with us? Read on to find out.

2013 Kia Forte

Completely redesigned, the compact 2014 Kia Forte makes a stylish impression in available four-door sedan, five-door hatchback, and two-door coupe (Koup) versions. Spacious interior, upscale features, strong engines and lengthy warranty are other attributes compact car buyers may find appealing.
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