2018 Kia Forte Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$14,118 - $19,959
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 37 HWY
Horsepower
147-164
Seats
5
Select a color
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$14,118 - $19,959
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 37 HWY
Horsepower
147-164
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.2 Overall Score
Performance 4.0 Comfort 3.8 Styling 3.8 Value 4.3

Editor's Overview

Kia’s entry in the competitive and crowded compact-car class is available in two body styles, the stylish 2018 Kia Forte sedan and the even sexier Forte5 hatchback. Both are refined, fuel-efficient and packed with features. Each offers high-quality interiors, impressive infotainment systems and a choice of three trim levels, while the top-of-the-range Forte5 SX features a turbocharged engine with over 200 horsepower.

Kia Forte Models & Trims

LX $14,118 - $16,765*
Horsepower: 147 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6, 16 X 6.5 in. - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
S $15,542 - $18,261*
Horsepower: 147 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
EX $17,046 - $19,959*
Horsepower: 164 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: Leather
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SX $14,118 - $16,765*
Horsepower: 147 hp - 164 hp
Engine Type: Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: Leather, Cloth
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6, 17 X 7 in. - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.43

136 Reviews

59% 29% 10% 1% 1%

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

My favorite thing about the car; it shows your how much gas you have per mile.

The car is a very nice size for a small family. parents plus one or 2 kids. It shows how many miles you have with the amount of gas is in the car. It is a very safe car. Very reliable. A lot of trunk space. Air and heat are great! Kia is a very good car creator. Their cars have the right amount of speed and can travel a good distance without having to refill on gas. That is another thing, the car is great on gas. Does not take much to fill it up.

- Christina A

The amazing blue Kia Forte 2018.

I absolutely love my Kia Forte. It rides so smooth, goes great in any weather conditions, and is very reliable. I love how big the trunk space is as well. It works for grocery shopping, trips, anything. Also, the backseat is very large. This is good for families that have car seats like I do. It has a very sleek and sporty look which I love. It has all of the cool gadgets inside, including hand free phone calls and Bluetooth.

- Sharon S

Fun to drive, safe to drive, and really amazing. Kia is amazing.

The inside is my favorite part. The electronics are great I love my heated leather seats. The safety of the vehicle is also amazing. I feel really safe and I feel like my daughter is safe too. I love having apple carplay. And I really enjoy how the car tells me when it needs something. Like air in the tires and oil changes. It runs smoothly and I love the way it looks on the outside. It is sleek but still a sedan.

- Steph D

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$14,118 - $16,765
$15,542 - $18,261

Horsepower

Horsepower
147 hp
147 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L I4 DOHC D
2.0L I4 DOHC D
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Standard

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.2 in.
42.2 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.1 in.
39.1 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.9 in.
35.9 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.3 in.
37.3 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
14.9 cu. ft.
14.9 cu. ft.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Not Available

Heating & Cooling

Navigation & Communication

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
Not Available
Optional

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Standard

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/65HR15
P205/55HR16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.8 ft.
34.8 ft.

Length

Length
179.5 in.
179.5 in.

Width

Width
70.1 in.
70.1 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Horsepower

Horsepower
147 hp
147 hp

Torque

Torque
132 ft. lbs.
132 ft. lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Not Available
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 gal.
13.2 gal.

Combined

Combined
32 mpg
31 mpg

City

City
27 mpg
25 mpg

Highway

Highway
36 mpg
37 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Not Available
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Not Available
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Not Available
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings