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2018 Kia Forte
Select a Different Model (9 Available): 5 EX Hatchback
Fair Market Price $ 22034
MPG (EPA) 25 CTY /34 HWY
Horsepower 173@6500
Torque 154@4700
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2018 Kia Forte MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto availability
  • Available suite of driver assist safety features

You Won't Like

  • Disappointing fuel economy with the more powerful engine option
  • Firm ride

New for 2018

Kia expands the Forte sedan's features-list by adding cruise control as standard on the base LX model and including UVO3 with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on the Popular package. The S model receives a new 16-inch alloy wheel design, the Technology package now includes a moonroof and the Premium package has been discontinued. Kia also expands the Forte's safety features by adding rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring with Lane Change Assist as standard on the top EX model. The Forte5 hatchback will likely receive similar updates.

Vehicle Summary

Kia's compact Forte sedan is positioned above the subcompact Rio but below the large and more expensive Optima, Cadenza, Stinger, and K900 sedans. The Forte has a similar starting price as the Soul, Kia's crossover-like hatchback.

Overview

Powering the 2018 Kia Forte LX and S sedans is a 147-hp, 132 lb-ft of torque 2.0-liter I-4 engine that delivers 25/34 mpg city/highway when backed by a standard six-speed manual transmission and 29/37 mpg with a six-speed automatic. Found in the range-topping EX sedan is a direct-injection 2.0-liter I-4 that produces 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque and is rated at 25/33 mpg with the six-speed automatic (not available with the manual transmission).

The Forte5 hatchback uses the 164-hp 2.0-liter I-4 paired to the six-speed automatic in the base LX and EX trims and comes rated at 25/34 mpg. The top SX model packs a 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 that pumps out 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and is rated at 25/30 mpg with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and 23/29 mpg with the six-speed manual. The Forte and Forte5 are only available in front wheel drive.

The 2018 Kia Forte is available with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, HID headlights that turn in the direction the car is traveling, LED taillights, power-folding and heated side view mirrors, a power moonroof, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, 10-way power adjustable heated and ventilated leather front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 7.0-inch center display with the UVO3 infotainment system and navigation and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Forte5 is also available with all the above features as well as 18-inch alloy wheels, perimeter approach lighting, puddle lamps, gloss black side view mirrors, dual chrome exhaust finishers, Sport front and rear fascia with red accents, metal pedals, two-way power driver's lumbar support, and soft-touch front upper door panels.

Safety

The 2018 Forte received a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). The Forte5 hatchback received five stars for the side crash test and four stars for the rollover evaluation (an overall rating has not been issued). The 2017 Forte sedan is considered a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ - the IIHS' highest award - because the sedan received the highest score of Good in all five crash test evaluations and the highest rating of Superior for the front crash prevention test by avoiding a frontal collision in 12- and 25 mph tests thanks to the available Autonomous Emergency Braking system found in the Technology or Premium packages (depending on the model). Those packages also include the remaining driver assist safety features: Forward Collision Warning system, a lane departure warning system, lane keep assist system, HID headlights, blind-spot monitoring, Lane Change Assist and rear cross traffic alert.

What We Think

In 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year testing, the refreshed 2017 Kia Forte sedan did not make it as a finalist. We liked the refreshed exterior styling and loads of value but found that the acceleration and fuel economy lagged behind some competitors. The interior is not much to look at and the ride is too firm: "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."

Cool Fact

Thanks to direct injection (versus port injection), the 2.0-liter I-4 in the EX model produces an extra 17 hp and 19 lb-ft of torque.

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2018 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
5 EX Hatchback
Class
Passenger Car
Horsepower
173@6500
Standard MPG
25/34
Body Style
Hatchback
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
N/R
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Paint Protection Package (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [EH] Autodimming Mirror w/ Compass & Homelink (PIO)
$171 $200

EX Premium Tech Package

INCLUDES: Apps Control; Automatic Climate Control, Dual-Zone; Collision Warning System, Autonomous Emergency Braking (Aeb); Driver Seat, Reclining Ventilated 10-Way Power Adjustable Heated with Memory; Headlight Control, Speed Dependant Active Headlights; Headlights, Bi-Xenon; Lane Departure Warning System; Main Dashboard Display; Memory Adjustment: Mirror; 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 Cross-Traffic Alert; Rear View Mirror, Automatic; Secondary Ventilation Controls; 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, with Navigation NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [EH] Autodimming Mirror w/ Compass & HomeLink (PIO)
$3235 $3600

Engine: 4-Cyl 2.0 Liter Nu 2.0 GDI

Std Std

Transmission, Sportmatic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Gravity Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Aurora Black Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Snow White Pearl

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Std Std

Automatic Climate Control, Dual-Zone

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

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

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

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

Internal HD, 0.70GB Capacity

Std Std

Memory Adjustment: Mirror

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Mobile Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Std Std

Navigation System, with SD Card and Traffic Info

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

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

Secondary Ventilation Controls

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

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

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Navigation

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.065

Std Std

Compass

CONTAINED IN: [EH] Autodimming 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 - 160hp@6200rpm ; Torque - 149lb-ft@4700rpm

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

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Rear Bumper Applique (PIO)

$62 $75

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Mud Flaps

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

Mudguards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
$78 $95

Spoiler, Roof

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Power

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Window, Rear

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Mat (PIO)

$78 $95

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

Std Std

Carpeted Floor Mats (PIO)

$102 $125

Console

Std Std

Floor Mats

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: [TYC] EX Premium Tech 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, Side Indicator 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: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package; [PPP] Paint Protection Package (PIO)
$291 $350

Foldable Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

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

Headlights, Bi-Xenon

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech 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

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

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

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech Package
Pkg Pkg

Passenger Seat, Ventilated

CONTAINED IN: [TYC] EX Premium Tech 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, Gray Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Gray Woven Cloth Leather

N/C N/C

Audio System, UVO3 AM/FM Radio, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Dynamic Steering, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

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
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
4
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4