The most recent Kia Forte arrived in 2018 for the 2019 model year. It’s received praise for its premium looks and upscale and spacious interior. For 2022, we expect the Forte to continue on as a carryover model, although a refresh is possible. Exterior design, interior comfort, and tech changes seem likely.
The Kia Forte is a compact car available in sedan form only. A hatchback version disappeared with the last generation. Its exterior parallels the design of larger Kia models, including the now-retired Optima midsize sedan. The Forte’s front fascia is dominated by the brand’s tiger-nose themed grille. The rest of its body has more character lines and pronounced sculpting than expected for this class. We expect this design to continue on with some possible upgrades with a refresh.
Inside, the Forte is roomy with ample room for four or five for short trips. The 15.3 cubic foot trunk is impressively large for its class. Only the base models have a budget look, with upper trim Fortes offering better quality materials, with ample soft-touch materials, brightwork trim, and color upgrades on sporty models.
In the tech arena, the current Forte comes with an 8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, four speakers, and multiple USB ports. Six- and eight-speaker audio packages, navigation, and a wireless charging pad are available. This could see some upgrades if a refresh rings true.
We expect most trims to remain governed by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Power travels to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Also available is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower and a 195 pound-feet of torque. This one works with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and is found on the GT line. Kia adds a multi-link rear suspension and a sport exhaust system with this model.
On the safety front, the Forte supplies automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and lane departure warning on all trims. Also available is blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. These safety features will likely remain available.