On the outside, the 2022 Kia Forte boasts a striking new look with sleeker and more expressive headlights, a revamped tiger-nose grille, sportier front, and rear bumpers, updated LED fog lights, new wheel designs, sharper LED taillights, and a new rear spoiler. Overall, the 2022 Forte will boast a sportier look, complimenting its performance-oriented GT trim.
Kia also upgraded the 2022 Forte’s interior. It will gain a larger 4.2-inch LCD cluster display, standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (eight-inch infotainment system only), a newly available electronic parking brake, an optional rear USB port, smart key with a new remote start feature, and a newly optional leatherette interior.
Under its hood, the 2022 Forte will arrive unchanged. Its standard powerplant will be a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission. The only mechanical change to this powertrain is it loses the standard manual transmission.
On the GT trim, the 2022 Forte will include a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot engine with 201 hp and 195 pound-feet of torque. The GT will feature a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and will lose the available manual transmission.
In the safety department, the 2022 Forte will gain a handful of new tech. These upgrades will include lane-following assist, highway driving assist, navigation-based adaptive cruise control, and safe-exit warning.