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2010 Kia Forte
2010 Kia Forte
Available Price Range $4,108-$10,564 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 27-29 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2010 Kia Forte

Our Take

The Forte is Kia's new entry in the compact-car segment, replacing the Spectra when it hits dealerships in summer 2009. Offered in LX, EX and SX trim levels, the Forte is available with a choice of four-cylinder engines and comes standard with numerous safety features, including an electron... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Four-speed automatic too eager to upshift
  • Numb steering
  • Optional heated seats only have one setting
  • Optional leather steering wheel feels like vinyl

Notable Features

  • New for 2010
  • Standard USB port
  • Standard Bluetooth cell phone connectivity
  • Standard stability system
  • Available Fuel Economy Package


Our Expert Reviews

When I'm watching "American Idol," I often wonder how many potential contestants who try out for the show are good, but not great. If you heard them singing at your school or church you'd probably think, "Dang, they're good!" In Hollywood, however, they're not impressive enough to stand out in the crowd. These people are like the 2010 Kia Forte. The Forte is a good car. But,... Read full review for the 2010 Kia Forte

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Consumer Reviews


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Nice Car test drive it.

by patfan from Up state ny on July 27, 2010

I thought I would never own a KIA. Then the Forte showed up. This is a very nice car and you cant beat the price. Mine is the ex dark chery with the sun roof and 16 inch wheels. Love the mpg's getting... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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