2016 Kia Forte

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Key Specs

of the 2016 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 2016 Kia Forte

  • Sedan and hatchback body styles
  • Related to Hyundai Elantra
  • Several four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission

2016 Kia Forte Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Forte is Kia’s five-seat compact car, available in sedan and hatchback body styles, with the latter designated the Forte5. The sedan comes in LX trim with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and in EX trim with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

The Forte shares its front-drive platform and major mechanical components with the Hyundai Elantra, which also comes as a sedan and hatchback. It competes with the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla.

(Skip to details on the: Forte5)
New for 2016
A rearview camera with a 4.3-inch dashboard display is a new standard feature for the EX sedan and a new option for the LX. Remote door locks are a new standard feature for the LX, and a navigation system has been added to the EX Premium Package.
Significant Standard Features

  • Air conditioning
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Power windows and locks
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 145-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (LX)
  • 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder (EX)
  • Six-speed manual transmission (LX) or six-speed automatic
  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats, ventilated driver's seat
  • Cruise control
  • Navigation system
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Bac...
Vehicle Overview

The Forte is Kia’s five-seat compact car, available in sedan and hatchback body styles, with the latter designated the Forte5. The sedan comes in LX trim with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and in EX trim with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

The Forte shares its front-drive platform and major mechanical components with the Hyundai Elantra, which also comes as a sedan and hatchback. It competes with the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla.

(Skip to details on the: Forte5)
New for 2016
A rearview camera with a 4.3-inch dashboard display is a new standard feature for the EX sedan and a new option for the LX. Remote door locks are a new standard feature for the LX, and a navigation system has been added to the EX Premium Package.
Significant Standard Features

  • Air conditioning
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Power windows and locks
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 145-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (LX)
  • 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder (EX)
  • Six-speed manual transmission (LX) or six-speed automatic
  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats, ventilated driver's seat
  • Cruise control
  • Navigation system
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Backup camera

Forte5
The Forte5 is a four-door hatchback with more aggressive front and rear styling than the Forte sedan. It's available in LX (new for 2016), EX and SX trim levels. A rearview camera with a 4.3-inch dashboard display is a new standard feature on the EX and SX.

The LX and EX use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine shared with the sedan, and the SX comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine not offered in the sedan. A six-speed manual is standard on the SX, and a six-speed automatic is standard on the others and optional on the SX.
What's Special

  • 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (LX, EX)
  • 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder (SX)
  • Standard alloy wheels (16-inch on LX; 17-inch on EX; 18-inch on SX)

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Latest 2016 Forte Stories

Consumer Reviews

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

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

My very first owned car and already in love!

by Jillian on August 6, 2018

I really like this car. I'm short so it's usually difficult for me to see over the dashboard, but with the adjustable seats and the lower dashboard, i was able to see well. Also, it drives smoothly ... Read full review

(5.0)

My first car purchase!

by Stefturner from King of Prussia pa on July 7, 2018

I?m a big fan of this car! It drives smoothly excelerates quicker than my last car and brakes just as smoothly as it drives! The interior is spacious with a clean modern finish! What?s not to love! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Kia Forte currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 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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