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2015 Kia Forte

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$6,603 — $14,603 USED
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5 Seats
24-30 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Interior quietness
  • Distinctive styling
  • High-end options
  • Wide adjustment range for front seats

The Bad

  • Modest power
  • Rearward visibility
  • Rear seating height for adults
2015 Kia Forte exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Kia Forte
  • Improved gas mileage for 2015
  • Related to Hyundai Elantra
  • Ventilated driver's seat, heated steering wheel available
  • Two four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission

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2015 Kia Forte Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2015 Kia Forte?

The 2015 Kia Forte is a five-seat, front-wheel-drive compact car that competes with the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla. It is offered in LX, EX, and SX trim levels. The LX is available only as a sedan, the EX is offered as either a sedan or hatchback and the SX is hatchback-only. There is also a two-door model called the Forte Koup, covered separately.

What's New on the 2015 Kia Forte?

Both of the Forte's powertrain options have been refined to offer improved mpg ratings.

How Does the 2015 Kia Forte Compare to Other Compact Cars?

The 2015 Kia Forte's trunk is generous for a compact sedan, offering a healthy 14.9 cubic feet to outdo competitors like the Honda Civic (12.5), Ford Focus (13.2) and Hyundai Elantra (14.8). The Chevrolet Cruze (15.4) offers slightly more. In terms of features, the Forte is able to hang with the other top models in the class. But where the 2015 Kia Forte really shines is in its ride quality, which is a big step up from previous models, in addition to offering better sound insulation than the Hyundai Elantra.

What Features in the 2015 Kia Forte Are Most Important?

The 2015 Forte comes standard with a 145-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The EX comes with a 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder comes in the SX. A six-speed automatic transmission is available. Every Forte comes with front-wheel drive.

Significant standard features include 15-inch steel wheels, low-rolling-resistance tires, heated side mirrors, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, a 60/40-split folding backseat, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a CD audio system with MP3 and USB jacks. Notable available features include high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED accent lights, fog lights, a power moonroof, a power-adjustable driver's seat with memory functions, heated front and rear seats, a ventilated driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, push-button start, a navigation system, cruise control and a 4.2-inch color screen in the instrument panel.

As required in all new cars of this model year, every 2015 Kia Forte comes equipped with an electronic stability system, front airbags and antilock brakes. The Forte also comes standard with side curtain airbags and front side-impact airbags. A backup camera is available.

Should I Buy the 2015 Kia Forte?

Don't be surprised by outdated associations of its brand name: The 2015 Kia Forte offers surprisingly good quality throughout, such that it easily competes with the biggest names in the compact class, including the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet Cruze. The generosity of its interior dimensions and features are just one more argument in favor of this car's impressive value.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
80 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(2.0)

You get what you pay for

by kiafortesucks from Akron, OH on November 6, 2019

The Kia Forte is an affordable car but not reliable. Once the colder weather arrives, the Kia Forte struggles to start consistently. When you're on the highway, there is no pick-up. You literally have... Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I have had in many years.

by Jennifer 39 from Cross City FL on September 8, 2019

I will have a hard time finding anything else as good as this. It has been super reliable very Good gas mileage can't believe how good the gas mileage is and I will be back to this dealership when I ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Kia Forte currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Kia Forte has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Forte received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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