2016 Kia Forte

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2016 Kia Forte
2016 Kia Forte

Key specs

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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

3 trims

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  • LX


  • EX


  • SX


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Kia Forte trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2016 Kia Forte review: Our expert's take

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.

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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

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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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Very reliable!

This car has been very reliable. Zero problems with only regular maintenance. I drive about 15,000 miles a year. I still get a lot of compliments even though it is an older model.


Very slow

I haven’t had issues with the car but it’s very slow. Take off extremely slow, takes awhile to get speed,not good going up hills. I would not recommend this car.


Great upgrade from a 2001 nissan!

Smooth and fast with great handling! Sleek design too. No major interior issues, no engine/performance issues either. Great gas milage. Overall more than I could ever ask for 🙂

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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