2016 Kia Forte

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$15,990

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2016 Kia Forte
2016 Kia Forte

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $18,090

  • EX

    $20,390

  • SX

    $20,990

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

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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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

2.1

Kia hiding defects

Apparently this year (2016) model has the same engine defect as the 2015 models. It is burning oil and constantly stalls. The Kia dealerships refuse to even bring up the issue, they just say $5,000 for a new engine right away as if they know what the issue is right off the bat. The car started having this issue at about 120,000 miles and it did receive regular maintenance.

1.9

NEVER BUY ANY KIAS

I have 2 Kia. Engine blew in both 1 year apart. 2016 sorento 2014 forte Kia won’t honor to fix 2014 engine they said I didn’t have enough oil changes done and just has one 3 months b4 it blew. Terrible company

5.0

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.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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