Kelley Blue Book Value®
$13,732 - $21,700
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 37 HWY
Horsepower
147-164
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$13,732 - $21,700
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,...

Kia Forte Models & Trims

2018 Kia Forte Owner Reviews

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Why my Kia stay down for the ride.

2018 Kia Forte LX

The problem I have most with my vehicle is that my version of the car is set really low so going over speed-bumps that are really high, will hit the bottom of my car. When pulling into parking spots, if the curb is high, you cannot pull in as close to the curb or it will scrape the bottom front part of the vehicle. The performance of my car though is excellent, it rides smooth and engine is quiet. The tank is also efficient within its miles per gallon, it can last a long time and it very cost efficient as it does not cost much to fill up. The seats in the car are very comfortable as they are made out of soft breathable material with the option of both driver and passenger seats having the ability to be adjusted to comfort. The features I have on my vehicle involves a touch-screen radio system that can connect to Wifi or Bluetooth with the option of having Sirius XM radio. The car also comes with a back seat pull-down cup holders and an ample amount of space in the trunk to fit any needs. It contains apple carplay and connectivity for androids through a USB connection that mimics the home-screen of your phone. My car also has the cruise control feature and a rear-view camera that will appear on touch-screen that. Overall, my Kia forte has an ample amount of features that are to my comfort that provides a comfortable drive.

- Sarah B

My Kia forte is a great car that is very inexpensive to buy and maintain.

2018 Kia Forte

The forte I drive is extremely good on gas getting around 36 miles per gallon. It has a smooth ride and is extremely comfortable to dive in for long periods of time. There are only a few problems I have had with my forte since I purchased it a little over three months ago. First I have had problems tethering my cellphone to my car and keeping it hooked up. For some reason it will just stop working and I need to reprogram it. Also does not download all of my contacts from my phone. It also has a problem with connecting to my phone when I get in and start my car. It also will cut phone calls off in the middle of the conversation and or have a problem with the microphone so whoever your talking to cannot hear you or vise Versa. The other problem is with the key fob not working all the time. The batteries are brand new so it is not like they do not have the power it must be the transmitter or the receiver. It does this for periods of time sometimes as long as a week or as short as a few hours. All in all I am very pleased with my Kia forte.

- Joe J

Kia Forte satisfied buyer review

2018 Kia Forte LX

The 2018 Kia Forte is a great vehicle. It has three modes eco, sport and traditional. The gas mileage is amazing. The get up and go of this vehicle, even in eco, is great. The air conditioning is wonderful, but I don't like that level 1 and 2 is almost like nothing then you bump to 3 or 4 and it is blasting. After a few moments the volume of the forced air is annoying. Although it is very good at cooling. The vents also have a dial to where you can close the vent off completely which works great when my hubby and I are driving together as I am always cold. The seats are very comfortable, but a bit low and can be difficult for some to get in and out of. The car-phone capabilities are awesome! We love it. We have noticed when we go to pump gas, the lever to open the gas tank sometimes does not release the trigger. And we have to go back and pull the lever again. We find this odd for only having the vehicle a year. Other than these few finicky items we really love our Kia Forte and have discussed buying another one.

- Brooke H

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$13,732 - $16,389
$16,800 - $21,700 (MSRP)

Horsepower

Horsepower
147 hp
147 - 164 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

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

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Optional

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

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
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Optional

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
Optional

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

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 - 164 hp

Torque

Torque
132 ft. lbs.
132 - 151 ft. lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

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
30 - 33 mpg
29 - 33 mpg

City

City
25 - 29 mpg
25 - 29 mpg

Highway

Highway
34 - 37 mpg
33 - 37 mpg
Safety Features

Features

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Optional
Optional

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Optional

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Optional

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

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

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety