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2017 Kia Forte

$10,178 — $25,755 NEW and USED
Sedan
5 Seats
25-32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Hatchback styling is sleek and attractive
  • Added safety technology and driver aids
  • Better interior materials
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available
  • Robust powertrain warranty

The Bad

  • No changes to the coupe version
  • Standard features did not expand
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto not offered on LX models
2017 Kia Forte exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Kia Forte
  • Sedan and hatchback refreshed for 2017
  • New front styling
  • New base engine
  • Adds multimedia and safety technology
  • SX models get a turbocharged engine and new transmission
  • New S trim for sedan models

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The 2017 Kia Forte has some tricks up its sleeve that Kia has pulled from more expensive cars. We cover a few of them in the video.

Vehicle Overview

Both the 2017 Kia Forte sedan and hatchback (Forte5) get styling updates and added technology, with details on the coupe (Forte Koup) to follow, according to Kia. The Forte adds a new trim level, with the sport-oriented S trim slotting between the LX and EX. The Forte5 now is offered in three trim levels as well: LX, SX and EX.
Exterior
Styling changes give the Forte and Forte5 the same nose; this change represents only a slight tweak for the sedan, but for the hatchback it's more drastic. The Forte5 ditches its thin version of Kia's tiger nose grille for a larger version that now feeds directly into the reworked headlight clusters. They feature updated LED detailing and available Dynamic Bending Light technology, which angles the headlights to illuminate corners at night. This new grille, coupled with the removal of the large lower air intake, gives the Forte5 a new, smoother aesthetic that immediately brought the Volkswagen Golf to mind. The taillights have also been redesigned on both models, with LED elements optional.
Interior
The 2017 Forte and Forte5 get upgraded materials, new stitching and softer-touch surfaces (in this case, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter on S models). The most exciting changes are on the technology front, with the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to Kia's UVO3 multimedia system. This allows for mirroring of selected smartphone apps on the Forte's 7-inch touch-screen.
Under the Hood
The new ba...

Vehicle Overview

Both the 2017 Kia Forte sedan and hatchback (Forte5) get styling updates and added technology, with details on the coupe (Forte Koup) to follow, according to Kia. The Forte adds a new trim level, with the sport-oriented S trim slotting between the LX and EX. The Forte5 now is offered in three trim levels as well: LX, SX and EX.
Exterior
Styling changes give the Forte and Forte5 the same nose; this change represents only a slight tweak for the sedan, but for the hatchback it's more drastic. The Forte5 ditches its thin version of Kia's tiger nose grille for a larger version that now feeds directly into the reworked headlight clusters. They feature updated LED detailing and available Dynamic Bending Light technology, which angles the headlights to illuminate corners at night. This new grille, coupled with the removal of the large lower air intake, gives the Forte5 a new, smoother aesthetic that immediately brought the Volkswagen Golf to mind. The taillights have also been redesigned on both models, with LED elements optional.
Interior
The 2017 Forte and Forte5 get upgraded materials, new stitching and softer-touch surfaces (in this case, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter on S models). The most exciting changes are on the technology front, with the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to Kia's UVO3 multimedia system. This allows for mirroring of selected smartphone apps on the Forte's 7-inch touch-screen.
Under the Hood
The new base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which replaces the outgoing 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Kia did not release power or fuel economy ratings. Two other engine options carry over: a 173-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder for Forte/Forte5 EX models or a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder in the SX trim, which is exclusive to the hatchback. The SX also adds a new transmission option for 2017: a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Safety
Kia has also expanded the Forte's safety technology systems for 2017, continuing an industrywide trend that finds these features making their way down into subcompact and compact cars. A new set of driver aids is now available, including forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, lane change warning/assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert.

Keep an eye out for the refreshed Forte and Forte5 to land in dealerships in the first half of 2016.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
539 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Great reliable car

by sandra.walker from Joliet on November 13, 2018

Kia is a wonderful brand, very reliable i love this car and it works great for me world kia in joliet has been the best experience ever Read full review

(5.0)

I loved the last one so much I bought another one.

by Charcourtmom from Warr Acres, OK on October 27, 2018

Beautiful outside, surprisingly roomy inside. Rides like a dream. So easy to handle. Overall my dream car. And the great gas mileage doesn't hurt my feelings either. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Kia Forte currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Kia Forte LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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