14 reviews
2015 Kia Forte
2015 Kia Forte
Available Price Range $8,859-$15,959 Trims4 Combined MPG 25-30 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2015 Kia Forte

Our Take

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 optio... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Modest power
  • Rearward visibility
  • Rear seating height for adults

Notable Features

  • 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

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in February 2013 about the 2014 Kia Forte. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2015, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. The compact-car segment has been revitalized in as little as three years, adding value, style and new features in a segment previously filled... Read full review for the 2015 Kia Forte

Consumer Reviews

4.9

Average based on 14 reviews

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A Good Balance Of Features

by First Time Kia Buyer from Harrisburg, PA on November 24, 2015

I was looking for a car that was not too big for good parking, turning radius or economy, but with sufficient power and plenty of room on the inside, good visibility, with useful features like backup ... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2015 Kia Forte.


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.

Learn More About Warranties

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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