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2017 Kia Forte
Select a Different Model (5 Available): EX (Auto) Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 14127
Zero to 60 8.4 seconds
Real MPG 21 CTY /37 HWY
Safety (NHTSA) 5 Stars
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2017 Kia Forte MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Strong crash safety scores
  • Good value
  • Available suite of driver assist safety features

You Won't Like

  • Slow acceleration
  • Firm ride
  • Lackluster interior

New for 2017

Kia refreshed the Forte sedan for the 2017 model year with updated exterior styling including a new front bumper, revised grille, and headlights and redesigned taillights. HID headlights and LED taillights are now available. Inside, the Forte gets revised materials and colors along with more standard and available equipment. A new S trim level now slots between the base LX and top-spec EX trims. Additionally, a new Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter I-4 replaces the previous 1.8-liter unit as the base engine. The optional 2.0-liter GDI engine carries over.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The compact Kia Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback slot above the subcompact Rio sedan and hatchback but below the midsize Optima and full-size Cadenza sedans in size and price.

2017 Forte LX: The Forte's base model includes 15-inch steel wheels, heated and power adjustable side view mirrors, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, a USB port, a basic radio system with CD player and MP3 capability, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, and remote keyless entry.

2017 Forte S: The new sporty S trim adds sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, front LED positioning lights, automatic headlights, a rear spoiler, a 7.0-inch display screen with the UVO3 eSerivces infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, chrome parking brake trim, metal pedals, Sport black cloth seat trim with white contrast stitching, soft-touch dashboard and upper door panels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, a 3.5-inch driver's display, and drive mode select (Normal, Eco, and Sport).

2017 Forte EX: The range-topping EX comes nicely equipped with the upgraded 2.0-liter engine, 17-inch wheels, fog lights, rear LED lights, side view mirrors with LED turn signals and puddle lights, heated leather-trimmed front seats, rear seat center armrest and cupholders, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, push-start ignition with Smart Key, and perimeter approach lighting.

Additional features are found in the EX Premium Plus package and include the UVO eServices infotainment system with navigation, power moonroof, HID headlights, a 4.2-inch driver's display screen, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, ventilated front seats, and a suite of driver assist safety features.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The new base engine for the front-drive 2017 Kia Forte is an Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter I-4 engine rated 147 hp and 132 lb-ft and comes with an EPA-rated 25/34 mpg city/highway with the six-speed manual and 29/38 mpg with the available six-speed automatic. The EX model's 2.0 GDI I-4 produces 164 hp and 151 lb-ft and is mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic that is rated at 25/33 mpg. In Motor Trend testing, the 2017 Kia Forte EX hit 60 mph in 8.4 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 127 feet.

Safety

The 2017 Forte received the highest five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The Forte also received the highest honor from the IIHS by being considered a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ because the sedan received the highest rating of Good in all five crash test evaluations and the highest rating of Superior for the front crash prevention evaluation for properly warning the driver of a possible collision and by avoiding 12- and 25 mph frontal collisions thanks to the emergency automatic braking feature. The Forte also received a Good rating for the headlights evaluation with the optional HID headlights. The automatic braking feature is found in the EX Premium Plus package that also consists of the remaining driver assist safety features: blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and steering-responsive headlights.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

The Forte's trunk has a cargo capacity of 14.9 cubic feet, almost equal to the popular Honda Civic that offers up to 15.1 cubic feet of cargo room. Front seat legroom measures in at 42.2 inches and rear seat legroom at 35.9 inches.

Technology

The standard audio unit includes a CD player, MP3 compatibility, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and can be had with an available 4.3-inch display. The upgraded system found in the S and EX trims includes a 7.0-inch touchscreen with the UVO3 eServices infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top UVO infotainment system includes voice-command navigation and HD radio technology. A six-speaker audio system (versus the standard four-speaker) is the upgraded one.

What We Think

In 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year testing, the Kia Forte sedan's boring interior, slow acceleration, and firm ride didn't impress us, but we liked the updated exterior and the car's good value. "The Forte is a solid, well-behaved, value-priced commodity car, but it's nothing special. Playing catch-up doesn't get you into the finalist circle," we concluded.

The 2014 Kia Forte EX sedan finished second in our Big Test involving seven compact sedans ahead of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta, and Dodge Dart, but behind the Mazda3. We concluded, "A fantastic little car let down by a dodgy safety rating [at the time of the writing safety scores were low, but current safety scores have improved] and high ownership costs."

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2017 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
164@6200
Standard MPG
25/33
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

EX Premium Plus Package

INCLUDES: Apps Control; Collision Warning System, Autonomous Emergency Braking (Aeb); Cross-Traffic Alert; Driver Seat, Reclining Ventilated 10-Way Power Adjustable Heated with Memory; Headlight Control, Speed Dependant Active Headlights; Headlights, Bi-Xenon; Lane Departure Warning System; Mobile Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; Navigaion Via Mobile Phone; Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info; Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Detection (BSD); Passenger Seat, Ventilated; Rear View Mirror, Automatic; Sunroof, Glass Power; Supervision Meter Cluster 4.2" TFT Color LCD Display (Inside the Meter Cluster); Text To Speech / Speech To Text; Voice Activating System, UVO eServices, with Navigation NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [EH] Autodimming Mirror w/ Compass & Homelink (PIO)
$4119 $4490

Paint Protection Package (PIO)

$171 $200

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, Snow White Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Currant Red Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Deep Sea Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Phantom Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-zone climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

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

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Trunk Cargo Hook (PIO)

$22 $26

Cargo Net (PIO)

$42 $50

Coming Home Device

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

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cargo Tray (PIO)

$67 $80

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Entry Light

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

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

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

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

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

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

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Start - Push-Button Start (PIO)

$410 $495

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Storage Box

Std Std

Supervision Meter Cluster 4.2" TFT Color LCD Display (Inside the Meter Cluster)

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

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

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

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk Release, Foot Operated

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, UVO eServices, with Navigation

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

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Mobile Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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

Axle Ratio, 3.065

Std Std

Compass

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

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 13.2 Gallon

Std Std

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Power: Horsepower - 160hp@6200rpm ; Torque - 149lb-ft@4700rpm

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

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Rear Bumper Applique (PIO)

$62 $75

Bumpers, Front and Rear

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

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: [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Pkg Pkg

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Mat (PIO)

$78 $95

Carpeted Floor Mats (PIO)

$102 $125

Console

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

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

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Leather-trimmed, tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

LED Lights

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

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

Std Std

Autodimming Mirror w/ Compass & Homelink (PIO)

INCLUDES: Coming Home Device; Compass; Garage Door Opener; Rear View Mirror, Automatic NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
$291 $350

Foldable Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [EH] Autodimming Mirror w/ Compass & Homelink (PIO); [PRP] EX Premium Plus Package
Pkg Pkg

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

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

Collision Warning System, Autonomous Emergency Braking (Aeb)

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

Cross-Traffic Alert

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

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

Headlight Control, Speed Dependant Active Headlights

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

Headlights, Bi-Xenon

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

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

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

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

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

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Camera Display Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Windshield, Zone Tinted

Std Std

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

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

Passenger Seat, Ventilated

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

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Heated Bucket

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Antenna

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

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
1
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
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