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2022 Kia Forte: Preview, Pricing, Photos, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - October 20, 2021

Model Preview

The third-generation Kia Forte arrived in 2019, and it’s remained the same since. Now it’s time for an upgrade, as the 2022 Forte will get a comprehensive refresh visually and technologically.

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.

Pricing & Release Date

There’s no word on when the 2022 Forte will hit showrooms, but we expect it soon.

Pricing also remains unclear, but we expect the 2022 Forte’s pricing to remain close to the current model, which ranges from $18,885 to $24,385 (destination fees included).

This compact sedan will battle the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, and Toyota Corolla.

Pictured: 2022 Kia Forte

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