Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,083 - $17,600
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
26 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
156-173
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,083 - $17,600
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
26 City / 36 HWY
Horsepower
156-173
Seats
5

Kia Forte Ranked #11 by Owners

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.1 Overall Score
Performance 2.9 Comfort 3.0 Styling 3.3 Value 3.5

Editor's Overview

Like a middle child, the Kia Forte is often overlooked as compact stalwarts like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla hog the limelight. But the Forte has its place, offering a modest pric...

Kia Forte Models & Trims

Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.28

137 Reviews

46% 38% 14% 2% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

I would not buy this car again without spending considerable time test driving.

The side mirrors and the thickness of the trim around the front window make it very difficult to see anyone who may be in that line of view. The inside area between the front seat driver and passenger needs to be redesigned. It is difficult to get into the compartment between the seats without twisting your body to the side. The car doors sound 'cheap' when they are closed. I haven't had any problems with the performance of the car, just the issues stated above. I would not buy another forte because I should be able to get reliability and safety for the price I paid.

- Sheila F

I got my 2012 Kia forte in January of this year. I have really enjoyed my car.

I love my car, so far it has been trustworthy. It drives good and the ride is smooth. My car gets very good gas mileage. It also is very cozy, 5 people can fit comfortably. Easy to keep clean, if you do it on a daily basis. The air conditioner and heater work very well. I have many different people and friends that have ridden in my car and they love my car as much as I do. The car is black and really shines (when) it is clean. Have never had to have anything seriously done, just the oil.

- Sherry J

It's a very reliable car that performs great.

My car is a 2012 Kia Forte. It is a really reliable vehicle. It is kind of small, so people who sit in the back seats are not very comfortable. The front seats are comfortable. I have had a couple problems with the car not starting, which turned out to be the wiring that had to be fixed a dealership. I am starting to have the same problem again. Performance wise, it runs great. It has taken me on quite a few road trips and I would take it anywhere. Very reliable car.

- Virginia R

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,083 - $6,440
$17,600

Horsepower

Horsepower
156 hp
156 hp

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L CVVT DOHC MPFI 16
2.0L CVVT DOHC MPFI 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Not Available
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
Not Available
Optional

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.3 in.
43.3 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40 in.
40 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35 in.
35 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.6 in.
37.6 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
14.7 cu. ft.
14.7 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Not Available
Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Not Available
Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5
Exterior Features

Accessories

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
104.3 in.
104.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
33.9 ft.
33.9 ft.

Length

Length
178.3 in.
178.3 in.

Width

Width
69.9 in.
69.9 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2729 - 2791 .lbs
2791 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
156 hp
156 hp

Torque

Torque
144 ft. lbs.
144 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Not Available
Optional

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.7 gal.
13.7 gal.

Combined

Combined
26 - 35 mpg
13 - 18 mpg

City

City
25 - 26 mpg
26 mpg

Highway

Highway
34 - 36 mpg
36 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Not Available
Optional

Assistance

Air Bags

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings