The Kia Forte is the smallest sedan in the Kia lineup and just underwent a refresh for the 2022 model year. We’ve heard rumors of a potentially larger refresh coming for the 2023 model year, but so far details are scarce.
We aren’t sure exactly what that refresh would entail, but it is strange that it would come on the heels of a facelift. The current Forte was just given sportier front and rear fascias, the new Kia badge, and a few changes in the interior. If a new generation did come, we’d expect it to be very different from what we see now.
The current Forte has two engines available. The base powertrain is a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable transmission that puts out 147 horsepower and manages 33 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The Forte GT model comes with a more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine usually comes with a seven-speed automatic, but a six-speed manual is available as an option. The Forte GT may not be a true sport compact like a Volkswagen GTI or Hyundai Veloster N, but it does compete fairly with the Honda Civic Si and Hyundai Elantra N.
Active safety features on the Forte include standard forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention monitoring. Higher trim levels have access to options that add blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, a safe exit warning, cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, and parking sensors.