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Kia Forte

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3.0 (Good)

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The 2019 Kia Forte shines in a sea of bare-bones compact cars. This well-appointed four-door sedan is available in four trim levels, is powered by a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter engine, and introduces Kia’s first in-house Intelligent Variable Transmission in select trims. It’s not necessarily a head-turner, but the 2019 Kia Forte will take you from point A to B in comfort.

2019 - 2020 Kia Forte

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Kia Forte

Major changes included:

Kia focuses on simplicity for the 2019 Forte. The standard engine across all Fortes is the reliable 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard with the base FE trim, while the LXS, S, and EX trims all receive the IVT. Each Forte is front-wheel... Read more »

2019 | 2020

2014 - 2018 Kia Forte

3/4 Front Glamour 2018 Kia Forte

Major changes included:

The main decision for Forte buyers is between two distinct trim levels: the entry-level LX and upscale EX. The two not only differ in standard and optional equipment, they have different engines and transmissions. Read more »

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

2010 - 2013 Kia Forte

3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Kia Forte

Major changes included:

The Forte is a mid-size 4-door sedan featuring Kia's new distinctive family look. It is available in three trims; LX, EX and SX. The LX and EX trims both feature a 156-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a standard five-speed manual, or optional four-speed automatic transmission. The SX features a 173-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a standard six-speed... Read more »

2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

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