2013 Kia Forte Consumer Reviews

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2013 Kia Forte
4.1
Average based on 25 reviews
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Overall great car

by from on February 28, 2014

I bought my car used, but it had low mileage and little use when I bought it. I looked at many other cars that were comparable to the forte, but they all seemed overpriced for what I was actually gett...
I bought my car used, but it had low mileage and little use when I bought it. I looked at many other cars that were comparable to the forte, but they all seemed overpriced for what I was actually getting. The engine and trunk size are what really sold me on this car. Everything I had previously looked at had a very small trunk to where it looked as if I couldn't fit all of my groceries back there. Also, this engine was a 2.0L compared to other cars in it's class that were all less than that for about the same price tag. Iv'e now owned this car for 6 months and I haven't seen the immaculate gas mileage that the car salesman boast about, but it is certainly better than any other car I've owned and well worth it. This car has been very reliable which was the main reason I even looked at purchasing a newer car. Overall, I am very pleased with this car and my favorite bonus to the car is the bluetooth system! It makes my driving so much safer and I like how all of the radio buttons are right on the steering wheel! I would recommend it to others and I think it's well worth the buy!
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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great car for the money

by from North Ridgeville, Ohio on August 18, 2012

I just bought my 2013 Forte EX 1 week ago. I found it suprisingly comfortable and handles extremley well. Drove it in some very hard downpours and was impressed. Cant wait to try it in the snow. Very ...
I just bought my 2013 Forte EX 1 week ago. I found it suprisingly comfortable and handles extremley well. Drove it in some very hard downpours and was impressed. Cant wait to try it in the snow. Very sporty feeling when driven. Drive mostly in the city and getting about 28 mpg. Awsome car so far. Seats are a little low to ground but I came from a 2011 Sorrento. Forte suprisingly more comfortable and smoother than the Sorrento.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Great value for the money!

by from Atlanta, Ga on July 11, 2012

We bought our 2013 Kia Forte Lx sedan 2 days ago right before going on a 6 hour road trip from Ga to Va. We hit several really bad storms but had little trouble due to the great handling of the car. T...
We bought our 2013 Kia Forte Lx sedan 2 days ago right before going on a 6 hour road trip from Ga to Va. We hit several really bad storms but had little trouble due to the great handling of the car. The only thing I might say is that the seats started to get somewhat uncomfortable after 4 hours or so but we made no stops and that can be expected to an extent when you sit in a car for that long. We've already had several stares from other people admiring the sleek exterior of the car. The inside looks more luxury than expected on the base model. Just 2 weeks ago we were looking at older cars with way more mileage until we stopped by a Kia and saw how affordable the Lx automatic was. I recommend this car to anyone, the back seat room is great for another 2 and 3 if you really need it. So far we haven't noticed anything we didn't like about it except for the seats. Hope this helped :)
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Mislead by gas mileage

by from Jefferson City, MO on February 27, 2014

I was told when I purchased the car that it would get 26 city/36 highway and combined 29 mpg. I understand that those are not exact but I have tracked my mileage on a spreadsheet and have gotten an av...
I was told when I purchased the car that it would get 26 city/36 highway and combined 29 mpg. I understand that those are not exact but I have tracked my mileage on a spreadsheet and have gotten an average of 23 since I have owned the car. I took it to the dealership and have been told everything from I need to break it in by gunning it on the highway, to weather being the issue. It should be "broken in" by now. I am disappointed by the gas mileage which was one of the main reasons I bought this car. Other than that I still love the body, performance of the car so far. I like that the back lays down to provide a good amount of room for hauling things. The reason I would not recommend to a friend is the gas mileage that I feel I was mislead about.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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A bit under powered but mostly good

by from Sacramento CA on August 31, 2012

I was really happy with it until a trip to the Sierras on vacation. Pulling up the steep grades at 7-8,000 feet that little 2.0 was spinning at 5,000 rpms. Did make it but really winding up. The price...
I was really happy with it until a trip to the Sierras on vacation. Pulling up the steep grades at 7-8,000 feet that little 2.0 was spinning at 5,000 rpms. Did make it but really winding up. The price you pay for 36 MPG with AC on the whole time I guess. My only other complaint is the door trying to close on your leg when getting in. We have learned to avoid that problem. The seats seem low when getting in but are quite comfortable on 2-4 hour drives.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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2013 Kia Forte EX Hatchback

by from SE Massachusetts on January 8, 2013

Bought this car new in October 2012, and I now have nearly 8k on the clock. I commute 100 miles/day mostly highway, and the rest is local driving. I average 31.5 mpg, with the best being 36 for pure h...
Bought this car new in October 2012, and I now have nearly 8k on the clock. I commute 100 miles/day mostly highway, and the rest is local driving. I average 31.5 mpg, with the best being 36 for pure hwy trips. I am a big buy, 5'11" and 265, and it fit's me well. No issues to report, If I had to complain I would like to see the mpg go up a bit. I have the tech package, and all of the features work reliably, and are easy to use. Also I drove in a heavy snowstorm recently and found the stock Hancook tires to be pretty bad in snow and ice. I am installing a set of snow tires/wheels soon. The dealer experience has been excellent.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Glad I bought it

by from Chicago on March 16, 2013

Because of a job relocation, I had to get a car for the daily commute. I had to no idea what to buy, except I wanted something compact and reliable. Very happy with my Kia Forte EX. The gas mileage is...
Because of a job relocation, I had to get a car for the daily commute. I had to no idea what to buy, except I wanted something compact and reliable. Very happy with my Kia Forte EX. The gas mileage isn't as good as it was purported to be, and living in Chicago, when it got cold, the windows didn't roll down instantly, but once the car got warmed up, they worked fine. That's a small drawback for me, as the car always started right up, is very easy to handle, comfortable, and after 6 months, i love it more than when I first bought it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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I Like the Car Alot

by from Grand Praire, TX on May 4, 2013

I purchased a 2013 Forte Ex 3 months ago and for the most part am satisfied except for a little problem I am having with the driver's seat. I have recently been hearing pressure sounds while driving w...
I purchased a 2013 Forte Ex 3 months ago and for the most part am satisfied except for a little problem I am having with the driver's seat. I have recently been hearing pressure sounds while driving when my back is touching the seat. It is intermittent but when you hear it you hear it. I have taken it back a couple of times but I still have the problem. I have had a few new cars and I have NEVER had this problem with the seat before. I will continue to take it back for as long as I have to until I am satisfied.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Used car owned for 1.5 years

by from yuba city, ca on August 8, 2015

We bought ours uses, with 40,000 miles in 2014. At the time we really did not understand the concept of a car that was a year old and that many miles. It was nice at first, our first car with hands fr...
We bought ours uses, with 40,000 miles in 2014. At the time we really did not understand the concept of a car that was a year old and that many miles. It was nice at first, our first car with hands free bluetooth, XM radio... But within a few months we started having problems with it. Water leaked into the car when it rained, Google search found this was common. It made a squeaking sound when running the AC or Defroster, that we found out was a common issue. The road noise was horrible, we came from a dodge durango that was parked and paid off, but wanted something with better mpg. Finally at 17 months we traded it in at a loss.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Went to buy a base nissan got this for $1500 more.

by from Johnstown Ohio on October 2, 2012

Base LX with floor mats, 13500 & tt&l. 6 spd shifts great, 35.41 mpg first tank, all around driving.
Base LX with floor mats, 13500 & tt&l. 6 spd shifts great, 35.41 mpg first tank, all around driving.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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