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$260/mo
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$232/mo
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$16,678
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27 city / 37 hwy

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What you must know before buying the Kia Forte

Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - November 7, 2020
  • 2021 Kia Fortes in stock; 2020s sold out
  • Cash: Up to $1,500 customer cash
  • Finance: 0.0% APR
  • Lease: From $169 for 36 months

Choose your Kia Forte:

Kia offers the Forte in two body types — hatchback and sedan. The last of the 2020s sold out in October. As for the 2021s, a carryover model, they're available.

Kia’s current offers are in place through November 30, 2020. We may see a Thanksgiving and Black Friday update before then, so please check back.

You should know that Kia's offers vary by region; the examples we are using are for California.

Customer cash for the taking:

This month, Kia is offering $1,500 in customer cash on the 2021 Forte. This offer is for buyers who do not choose the company’s promotional financing deal.

Excellent financing options:

Finance a 2021 Kia Forte and you’ll find 0.0-percent APR for 60 months, 0.9-percent APR for 66 months, and 1.9-percent APR financing for 72 months, and 2.9-percent APR for 84 months.

Please keep in mind you can't combine promotional financing with the standard customer cash offer.

This month’s lease offers:

Lease a 2021 Forte LXS Sedan and your monthly payment is $169 with $2,499 cash due at signing for an effective monthly cost of $238. Choose the Forte GT-Line and your payment comes in at $179 per month with $2,499 due at signing. Here, your effective monthly cost is $248. Both lease offers are competitive.

Kia provides a mileage allowance of 12,000 miles per year. At the end of the lease term, you’ll pay a $400 termination fee.

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Advertised Lease Deals

LXS
$169Monthly Payment
Term Length (months): 36
Due at signing: $2,499
Mileage: 12k
MSRP: $20,355
Deal Valid in: CA, CO, DE, FL, HI, IL, IN, ME, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, PA, UT, VT, WI, WY
Expiration: 11/30/20
GT-Line
$179Monthly Payment
Term Length (months): 36
Due at signing: $2,499
Mileage: 12k
MSRP: $21,455
Deal Valid in: CA, CO, DE, FL, HI, IL, IN, ME, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, PA, UT, VT, WI, WY
Expiration: 11/30/20

This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.

CarsDirect Target Price

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CarsDirectPricing as of 11/23/20 in 20149
MSRP
$18,855
Sales Price
$18,178
Cash Rebates
$1,500
Target Price
$16,678
Lease Estimate
$260/mo
Finance Estimate
$232/mo

Cash Incentives

Incentive available to most customers and purchasing situations.
RebateAmount
Customer Rebate Customer Cash (Expires 11/30/20) Customer Rebate: Customers must take delivery of this vehicle prior to the expiration date to be eligible for this manufacturer rebate. This rebate may not be available on special factory orders or used in conjunction with special manufacturer financing or leasing programs. Other special financing programs may be available. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%NotesManuf% %Eligibility% Customers are eligible for either Customer Cash or, if qualified, a Kia Motors Finance (KMF) APR/Lease program rate, but not both. $1,500

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Promotional APR Offer Promotional APR programs available for qualified buyers. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.
Term(s)24 - 4849 - 6061 - 6667 - 7273 - 7576 - 84
Rate %0%0%0.9%1.9%2.9%2.9%
Eligibility
Lease/Finance Loyalty Bonus Cash KMF Lease Loyalty Cash Program (Expires 11/30/20) Loyalty bonus available for current owners or lessees of the same make when leasing or financing. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%NotesManuf% %Eligibility% Any returning lessee of a Kia Optima, Sorento, or Sportage model who finances or leases ANY NEW Kia model through KMF will be eligible to receive $500 Lease Loyalty cash toward their next Kia KMF lessees with lease maturities between 11/03/2020 and 04/30/2021. %Qualification% The $500 Loyalty cash can ONLY be applied to new KMF Lease (K502, K520), Low APR (K500), and Dealer Choice (K506) contracts. $500
Holiday Bonus Cash Holiday Bonus Cash - Retail (Expires 11/30/20) Talk to your dealer for more details on this rebate. $500

Leasing Incentives

RebateAmount
Lease/Finance Loyalty Bonus Cash KMF Lease Loyalty Cash Program (Expires 11/30/20) Loyalty bonus available for current owners or lessees of the same make when leasing or financing. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.%NotesManuf% %Eligibility% Any returning lessee of a Kia Optima, Sorento, or Sportage model who finances or leases ANY NEW Kia model through KMF will be eligible to receive $500 Lease Loyalty cash toward their next Kia KMF lessees with lease maturities between 11/03/2020 and 04/30/2021. %Qualification% The $500 Loyalty cash can ONLY be applied to new KMF Lease (K502, K520), Low APR (K500), and Dealer Choice (K506) contracts. $500

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Based on 2021 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan w/ Manual - MSRP $18,855

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2021 Kia Forte Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor

What's New

The 2021 Kia Forte enters another year on the market with minimal changes. The current version of the compact sedan debuted in 2019 and it added a sprightly GT model last year.

The Forte has maintained a strong sales presence despite the shift away from conventional sedans.

Choosing Your Kia Forte

The Forte is offered in five trim levels: FE, LXS, GT-Line, GT, and EX. Pricing starts at $18,855 including destination for the base FE model and climbs to $24,055 for the EX.

Engine Choices

Most Forte models carry a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but the GT gets a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for quick performance.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L 4-Cylinder147 hp132 lb-ft33 mpg
1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder201 hp195 lb-ft30 mpg

The base FE comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while the rest of the trims with the 2.0-liter engine get a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT is a $900 upgrade on the FE.

The GT starts with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, but the six-speed manual is available for $600.

Front-wheel is standard; all-wheel drive isn't available.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Forte makes the most of its compact dimension, providing legitimate room for five people. At 15.3 cubic feet, trunks space ranks at the top of this class.

Safety Features

Every Forte comes equipped with lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, driver alertness monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Stepping up to the GT-Line brings blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. The range-topping GT model adds automatic high beams and rear parking sensors.

Only the GT with the automatic transmission is available with adaptive cruise control, but it's hidden in the $2,000 GT2 Package.

Connectivity

The FE and LXS carry an 8-inch touchscreen, four audio speakers, one USB port, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The GT-Line and GT get six audio speakers.

The EX emphasizes connectivity above the other trims, adding navigation, HD radio, a second front USB ports, and eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and a wireless phone charger.

On the GT-Line, the GT-Line Premium Package ($1,700) includes all of those features except the navigation and wireless charger. The GT's GT2 Package ($2,000) includes all of those EX features but navigation.

FE - From $18,855

The FE provides the basics, like keyless entry, cloth seating, six-way manual front seats, manual climate control, cruise control, and automatic headlights. The FE rolls on 15-inch steel wheels with full covers.

LXS - From $20,355

The LXS feels more like a complete car thanks to upgrades such as a split-folding rear seat, soft trim on the upper door panels, gloss black exterior accents, and 16-inch machine-finish alloy wheels.

Remote start becomes available for $495.

GT-Line - $21,455

The GT-Line takes on a sportier appearance with black-accented 17-inch wheels and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Other additions include LED taillights and fog lights, push button start, and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators. Seats are clad in a mix of leatherette and cloth with white stitching.

The GT-Line Premium Package ($1,700) adds a sunroof, LED interior lighting, a 10-way power driver seat, and the aforementioned infotainment upgrades.

GT - $23,655

The GT combines the appearance of the GT-Line with the turbocharged engine. To complement the extra power, the GT gets a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch two-tone wheels, and dual exhaust outlets. LED headlights, automatic high beams, and leatherette and cloth upholstery with red stitching are exclusive to the GT.

Only models equipped with the manual transmission come standard with a sunroof, Michelen summer tires, and a 4.2-inch driver information display.

On GT trims with the automatic gearbox, the GT2 Package ($2,000) includes a sunroof, the Harman Kardon audio system, adaptive cruise control, a 10-way power driver's seat, wireless charging, heated and ventilated front seats, and more.

EX - $24,055

The most luxurious member of the Forte family, the EX has a sunroof, full leatherette interior, heated and ventilated front seats, a 10-way power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sliding front armrest, and rear air vents. Outside are 17-inch machine-finish wheels and chrome window surrounds.

Compare Forte Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

Most buyers will find the 2021 Kia Forte FE too austere by today's standards, leaving the LXS as the actual base model. In terms of car for the money, the EX wins by virtue of its abundant standard equipment. However, if performance really matters, only the GT will do.

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