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2015 Kia Forte consumer reviews

$15,890–$17,490 MSRP range
side view of 2015 Forte Kia
90% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.6
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Excellent, reliable, comfortable, zippy.

Briefly: Comfortable with great seats. Superb design inside and out. Huge trunk with a wide opening, so I can fit my Cannondale road bicycle in easily (just removing the wheels),a huge plus for me: no rack needed, bike is out of sight. Reliable over 8+ years. Mileage around Boston traffic is @22mpg only. Automatic transmission is about flawless, and has plenty of power. It's noisy on acceleration if I'm asking for Zoom, but easily does the jump-ahead. Recently a passenger (one of 2) remarked at how zippy it felt. Easy to select a gear manually, which is terrific. I can select 2nd gear for my s-l-o-w-l-y getting it up on my ramps to do my oil changes. Also, in snow or slippery conditions, starting is a self-selected 2nd gear reduces slippage. Only negatives: I HATE that as soon as the car is put into Park, all doors automatically unlock and the dome light comes on. Very NOT safe in any environment. I have to instantly relock the doors from the driver armrest lock button. An exhaust emissions cannister needed replacement, but covered under my warranty! Battery has needed replacement twice. Original lasted 5 years. "Kia" replacement battery had poor lifespan, just over 3! Most of the indicator lamps (tail lights, brake, etc. are accessible and need to be because the bulbs don't last a long time. But, I have 108,000 miles, so that's lost of bulb "on" time. There is a difficult-to-reach front side marker bulb. A person with small, dexterous hands can get to it its fixture, which presents a wide 'tab' end to grasp and turn. There is NO NEED to pull the headlight unit, as one garage mechanic told me he'd have to do. It took a young tech at my dealer (Herb Chambers, Burlington MA) just minutes to replace the bulb. The car has been just a total pleasure to own and drive. Oh: the base radio has a CD player! The sound of the system is pretty crappy compared with my earlier Mazda sedan, but it works. Steering wheel up/down buttons control everything with ease. Tuner allows saving 12 stations under the 6 buttons.


Kia Forte gets the job done

The Kia Forte is a basic and efficient car. It's easy to drive and is an effective daily commuter. The exterior styling is quite elegant but the interior is dark and spartan. The seats could use more padding as long drives are not comfortable. If you want a reliable car without bells and whistles, it's a solid choice.


Good little car

Been a great car haven’t had any problems mechanically. The only problem I have is when you shut off the car it gives you no warning the lights may still be on and that leads to a dead battery.


2015 Kia Forte LX

I bought this car (2015 Kia Forte LX) in 2017 as the second owner with 68k. I never missed an oil change, and took it in at least once a year to fix any issues it had. The car was running fine up until last week. My car died on me while driving on the highway and I had a mobile mechanic diagnose my car. Internal Engine failure, low compression in cylinders 1 & 2. This car only had 134,500 on it which I averaged 12k miles per year. I was expecting to get another 1-2 years out of it at the bare minimum but that wasn't the case. My brother bought his Optima around the time I got my Forte and his engine blew but luckily for him it was under warranty. I do not recommend buying Kia.


Blown engine at 105k miles.

I purchased the 2015 Kia Forte new in February of 2015. I have kept up regular care on the car and was hoping that it would run to 200K. Unfortunately, the engine just blew a rod bearing and I am not having to replace the engine at only 105K miles.


So far it’s going great ,runs good, and good ongas

This car is exactly what I was looking for, it runs great, looks good and great on gas. I love it.I am very happy with my purchase


reliable car so far

there is more room for improvement. The headrest on all forte5 should be made shock resistance. the suspension should be more softer and the drive mode should be more significant to the way car handles road.


This is my first car that I got and it’s great

This car is my first car, it’s great on gas mileage, it’s sporty and has anything I could ask for as my first car. It has Bluetooth and good sound quality with settings you can tweak, like bass, treble, and middle.


Most reliable car I’ve ever owned.

This car has been such a nice vehicle to drive while I am in school. I am ready to pass it along to someone else that plans on having it for a while! It has a lot of life to it still and the mileage is still very low for it. This car has drove across country, and for everyday use. This vehicle also drives really SMOOTHLY and I think that was my favorite part about it! I also loved the solid black color to keep it a little more sleek. This is a car of value and is also very reliable.


Very nice car inside and out!

Very good condition, runs and drives great, very smooth car. New tires and fresh oil change. This is a family car and great on gas