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2016 Kia Forte
Select a Different Model (3 Available): EX (Auto) Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 12726
MPG (EPA) 24 CTY /35 HWY
Safety (NHTSA) 5 Stars
Horsepower 173@6500
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2016 Kia Forte MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Ride quality
  • Lots of available infotainment tech
  • Fuel mileage

You Won't Like

  • Disconnected steering in Comfort mode
  • Rear torsion beam suspension isn't best for handling
  • Lack of active safety tech

New for 2016

Kia has streamlined the Forte sedan's packages for the 2016 model year. Keyless entry with remote trunk release is now standard. Navigation with HD radio is now included in the EX Premium Package. A new LX Popular Plus Package includes cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a rearview camera. A new Premium Plus Package features LED tail lights, 4.2-inch color LCD in the instrument cluster, 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated and vented front seats, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear vents. Four new colors have been added to the exterior paint palate including Clear White, Silky Silver, Steel Blue, and Crimson Red.

Vehicle Summary

The compact Kia Forte sedan slots above the subcompact Rio sedan and below the midsize Optima and full-size Cadenza and K900 sedans. Kia also builds a two-door Kia Koup and Forte5 hatchback.

Overview

For 2016, the Kia Forte sedan is offered in LX and EX trims. The Forte LX is powered by a 1.8-liter MPI I-4 making 145 hp at 6,500 rpm and 130 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. The engine is backed by either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Power for the Forte EX comes from a 2.0-liter GDI I-4 rated 173 hp at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm. The 2.0-liter is backed solely by a six-speed automatic transmission. The 1.8-liter with the manual is EPA-rated 25/36/29 mpg city combined, while the automatic is rated 26/37/30 mpg. The 2.0-liter and auto combo is rated 24/35/28 mpg.

Safety

The Kia Forte sedan has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). While the 2016 Forte earned a Good rating in the IIHS' moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints & seats tests, a Marginal score in the small overlap front test and lack of front crash prevention prevented it from earning a Top Safety Pick rating.

What We Think

"Most of the mechanical changes impressed me during my three-hour test drive. The chassis feels solid and calm in sweeping fast-paced corners, and its ride stays comfortable on choppy highways or city streets — a testament to the suspension retuning and extended wheelbase," we said in our 2014 Kia Forte EX First Drive.

"Editors were also big fans of its easy-to-use UVO infotainment/telematics system and roomy rear seats," we said during our 2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year testing. "They weren't fans of the steering settings, however, since it was difficult to tell any difference between the three, but its biggest downfall was its safety ratings."

After our 2014 Kia Forte First Test, we concluded: "Although every single creature comfort was available in our fully loaded EX tester, I wonder if we would get the same kick out of the 2014 Forte sedan in LX trim, with its 1.8-liter I-4. Either way, the improved ride quality is what impressed most the redesigned Forte is in it to win it with its bag of tricks and treats."

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2016 KIA FORTE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.0 Liter Nu 2.0 GDI
Transmission Name
Transmission, Sportmatic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
EX (Auto) Sedan
Class
Passenger Car
Horsepower
173@6500
Standard MPG
24/35
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Protection Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: [BA] Rear Bumper Applique (PIO)
$145 $175

EX Premium Plus Package

INCLUDES: Automatic Climate Control, Dual-Zone; Driver Seat, Reclining Ventilated 10-Way Power Adjustable Heated with Memory; LED Lights; Main Dashboard Display; Memory Adjustment: Mirror; Passenger Seat, Heated; Rear Seats, Heated; Secondary Ventilation Controls; Steering Wheel, Heated NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [RS] Remote Start - Key Start (PIO)
$1796 $2000

Ex Premium Package

INCLUDES: Apps Control; Audio System, Digital Radio; Built-In Apps; Coming Home Device; Door Entry Light; Driver Seat, Heated; Engine Immobilizer; Engine Start Button; Garage Door Opener; Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info; Passenger Seat, Heated; Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key); Rear View Mirror, Automatic; Seat Upholstery, Leather; Smart Card/Key; Sunroof, Glass Power; Telematics; Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [RS] Remote Start - Key Start (PIO); [WKC] Seat Upholstery, Black Cloth; [DFR] Seat Upholstery, Gray Cloth
$2717 $3000

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.0 Liter Nu 2.0 GDI

Std Std

Transmission, Sportmatic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Silky Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Aurora Black Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Steel Blue Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Crimson Red Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Graphite Steel Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Snow White Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Automatic Climate Control, Dual-Zone

CONTAINED IN: [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Pkg Pkg

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Trunk Cargo Hook (PIO)

$17 $20

Cargo Net (PIO)

$42 $50

Coming Home Device

CONTAINED IN: [EH] EC Mirror w/Compass & Homelink (PIO); [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cargo Tray (PIO)

$67 $80

Cup Holders, Front

Std Std

Door Entry Light

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Engine Start Button

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Garage Door Opener

CONTAINED IN: [EH] EC Mirror w/Compass & Homelink (PIO); [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Memory Adjustment: Mirror

CONTAINED IN: [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Pkg Pkg

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Refrigerated Storage Compartment, in Glove Compartment

Std Std

Remote Start - Push-Button Start (PIO)

$410 $495

Remote Start - Key Start (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PT] Ex Premium Package; [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
$410 $495

Secondary Ventilation Controls

CONTAINED IN: [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Pkg Pkg

Smart Card/Key

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Telematics

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Storage Box

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.064

Std Std

Compass

CONTAINED IN: [EH] EC Mirror w/Compass & Homelink (PIO)
Grp Grp

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Steering

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 13.2 Gallon

Std Std

Power: Horsepower - 166hp@6500rpm ; Torque - 148lb-ft@4700rpm

CONTAINED IN: [SULEV] Emission Control Level, SULEV
Grp Grp

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Rear Bumper Applique (PIO)

CONTAINED IN: [PP] Protection Package (PIO)
$62 $75

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [MUG] Mudguards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Mudguards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$78 $95

Rear Spoiler (PIO)

$244 $295

Sunroof, Glass Power

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Mat (PIO)

$78 $95

Carpeted Floor Mats (PIO)

$98 $120

Console

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Carbon Fiber Look On Instrument Panel ; Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

CONTAINED IN: [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Pkg Pkg

Steering Wheel: Leather-trimmed, tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

LED Lights

CONTAINED IN: [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Body-color heated driver and passenger power door mirrors with turn signals

Std Std

EC Mirror w/Compass & Homelink (PIO)

INCLUDES: Coming Home Device; Compass; Garage Door Opener; Rear View Mirror, Automatic
$291 $350

Foldable Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [EH] EC Mirror w/Compass & Homelink (PIO); [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Engine Immobilizer

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Aurora Black Pearl Paint

$269 $295

Paint, Pearl

Std Std

Snow White Pearl Paint

$269 $295

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Windshield, Zone Tinted

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera Display Camera

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Gray Cloth

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PT] Ex Premium Package
N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Driver Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Passenger Seat, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package; [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Rear Seats, Heated

CONTAINED IN: [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery, Leather

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery, Upgraded Cloth/Velour

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Driver Seat, Reclining Ventilated 10-Way Power Adjustable Heated with Memory

CONTAINED IN: [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Pkg Pkg

Seat Upholstery, Black Cloth

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PT] Ex Premium Package
N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Satellite Radio

Std Std

Audio System, Digital Radio

CONTAINED IN: [PT] Ex Premium Package
Pkg Pkg

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Antenna

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Dynamic Steering

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Torsion Beam w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Tires, P215/45HR17 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 17" Alloy

Std Std

Wheel Locks (PIO)

$42 $55
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
100000
Full Warranty Miles
60000
Powertrain Warranty Months
120
Full Warranty Months
60
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Marginal
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4