2015 Kia Forte

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Kia Forte. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    145-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

2015 Kia Forte Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Kia's Forte sedan shares its platform with the Elantra from affiliated automaker Hyundai. It competes with a familiar slate of compacts, among them the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Typical of Kia's recent redesigns, the Forte has a number of luxury options uncommon to the segment. It is also sold as a two-door model, called the Forte Koup, which is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.

(Skip to details on the: Forte5)

New for 2015

The Forte's two available four-cylinder drivetrains have been revised for better gas mileage.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • 15-inch steel wheels; 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels available
  • Low-rolling-resistance tires
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available LED accent lights
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Available heated front and rear seats, ventilated driver's seat
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Air conditioning; available dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Available power-adjustable driver's seat with memory
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available cruise control
  • Available navigation system
  • Available 4.2-inch color screen in instrument panel
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available push...
Vehicle Overview

Kia's Forte sedan shares its platform with the Elantra from affiliated automaker Hyundai. It competes with a familiar slate of compacts, among them the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Typical of Kia's recent redesigns, the Forte has a number of luxury options uncommon to the segment. It is also sold as a two-door model, called the Forte Koup, which is listed separately in the Cars.com Research section.

(Skip to details on the: Forte5)

New for 2015

The Forte's two available four-cylinder drivetrains have been revised for better gas mileage.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.


Exterior Highlights

  • 15-inch steel wheels; 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels available
  • Low-rolling-resistance tires
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Available high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available LED accent lights
  • Available fog lights
  • Available power sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Available heated front and rear seats, ventilated driver's seat
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Air conditioning; available dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Available power-adjustable driver's seat with memory
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available cruise control
  • Available navigation system
  • Available 4.2-inch color screen in instrument panel
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available push-button start

Under the Hood

  • 145-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual transmission; six-speed automatic available
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available backup camera

Forte5
The Forte5 is a four-door hatchback that has unique and more aggressive front and rear styling. It's available in EX and SX trim levels.

What's Special

  • 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (EX)
  • 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder (SX)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission; six-speed manual offered on SX trim
  • 16-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch wheels available

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Latest 2015 Forte Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Most reliable car I've owned, so far!

by Katielady from Albrightsville, PA on July 13, 2018

This seems to be a fairly reliable car. It is great on gas, drives smooth, is very fast, and has lot's of great features. I love the automatic foldable outside mirrors, as well the touch screen ... Read full review

(5.0)

Safety was the reason I chose this car

by Jackielovestodance from TERRYVILLE, CT on July 12, 2018

I chose to purchase this Kia Forte because I had owned a 2012 Kia Forte. My 2012 Kia Forte had 121K miles on it, and would have gone on for a lot more. I was involved in a very serious accident. I was ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Kia Forte currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Kia Forte has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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