I bought this car after looking over several similar models. The Forte had a number of things that I found attractive. The engine, 156 horsepower, was more powerful that the others in the same class. It also came standard with ABS and traction control, a must in the Northern climate where I live. And it was priced less than other, similar vehicles. The quality of the vehicle is nice for its price. The seats are comfortable, and the controls are well laid out. There's not a lot of extras as far as the dashboard is concerned, but that just means fewer distractions. Also, speaking of distractions, it has hands-free Bluetooth which was very easy to set up.
Light and Sporty!
I bought this vehicle after having a Honda Accord for many years. The Kia is lighter, handles better, and gets far better mileage! I bought this several months ago after a close friend purchased the Forte coupe, and I'm still excited about it! I find myself taking better care of this car, just because it's such a joy to drive (special soap, leather chamois, the works!)
I love this vehicle!
The Kia Forte is one of the best cars I have ever driven. Previously I owned a used Forte and drove it nearly 10,000 miles before trading it in for a brand new one. I never had any mechanical issues with the used one, and I haven't had mechanical issues with the new one, either, which leads me to believe that Kia knows how to put together a vehicle. The rest of my review will be about my new Kia. The style of the vehicle is beautiful. It's sleek and sophisticated with just a touch of sportiness that makes it look more expensive than it is. The features offered (UVO, back up camera, heated side mirrors, alloy wheels, etc.) are all exceptional for the price point. Unfortunately the Forte doesn't come with a blind spot camera. I have taken multiple road trips in my Forte and I haven't ever been uncomfortable. The seats do stain pretty easily, though, even if you just spill water. The car is spacious and the seats are very nice. The back seat is especially nice. I have a large breed dog who actively hates car rides but in the back seat of the Forte she has room to lay down and sleep. In my pre-Forte days, I'd have to collapse the seats to give her a flat surface to lay on but not anymore! The climate control is also very dependable. Fuel economy in the city isn't the best, I'll be the first to admit, at 20-25 MPG but on the highway it averages 30-35 MPG which is fantastic, especially on road trips. I can typically do about 900 miles for $60 in gas. I have noticed though that the paint on the Forte is pretty thin so I'm worried that in a few years I may have rust spots peaking through, but over all it's a solid vehicle.
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Driven: 2019 Kia Forte Review
The Kia Forte is all-new for 2019 and sports a grown-up new look, excellent safety tech, and long list of standard features that rival much more expensive cars.