Best Bet
  • (4.2) 38 reviews
  • Available Prices: $5,208–$13,484
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 27-31
  • Engine: 156-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2013 Kia Forte

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Kia Forte

What We Don't Like

  • Firm ride
  • Raspy four-cylinder engines
  • Six-speed automatic holds low gears too long
  • Backseat legroom
  • Optional heated front seats have only one level

Notable Features

  • Power-folding side mirrors now available
  • Sedan, coupe or hatchback
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Standard USB port
  • Optional push-button start

2013 Kia Forte Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Forte is Kia's entry in the compact-car segment, and it's available with a choice of four-cylinder engines and comes standard with numerous safety features. It's sold as a sedan, a four-door hatchback and a coupe, which Kia calls the Koup. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla.
New for 2013
For the 2013 model year, newly available features include new 16-inch wheels, LED daytime running lights and power-folding side mirrors.Exterior
The Forte sports crisp styling that gives the sedan an athletic shape. You don't have to look too closely to find resemblances to other small cars. The front end, for instance, looks similar to a Civic, and the Forte's taillights look like the Mitsubishi Lancer's. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with covers
  • Optional 16-inch alloy wheels 
  • SX version gets sport suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional sunroof

Interior
There are available steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Kia says the sedan's trunk offers 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, and the hatchback has 19.4 cubic feet of space. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional leather upholstery 
  • Optional heated front seats 
  • Optional air conditioning 
  • Optional keyless entry 
  • Optional telescoping steering wheel 
  • Optional navigation system with backup camera
  • Optional push-button start

Under the Hood
LX and EX models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 156 horsepower. Choosing the SX trim brings a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that generates 173 hp. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional six-speed automatic
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags 
  • Antilock brakes 
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active head restraints for the front seats

 

Consumer Reviews

(4.2)

Average based on 38 reviews

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Gas saver and reliable

by Jackie from Rockford, IL on December 11, 2017

This car was purchased for travelling long distances regularly for work. It did the job. Stylish and comfortable for the driver. Was not the greatest in the winter but it is a lightweight 4 cylinder..... Read Full Review

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5 Trims Available

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Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2013 Kia Forte trim comparison will help you decide.
 

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2013 Kia Forte Safety Ratings

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Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

60mo/60,000mi

Powertrain

120mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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