2018 Kia Forte

Change year or car

Change year or car


starting MSRP

2018 Kia Forte
2018 Kia Forte

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

179.5” x 56.3”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Hatchback styling is sleek and attractive
  • Available safety technology and driver aids
  • Interior materials
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available
  • Powertrain warranty

The bad:

  • Ride quality with sport suspension
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Overly aggressive lane-keeping system

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX


  • S


  • EX


  • SX


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2018 Kia Forte trim comparison will help you decide.

See also: Find the best Sedans for 2023

Notable features

  • Cruise control now standard
  • Five-seat compact sedan or hatchback
  • Turbocharged engine available
  • Manual or automatic transmission

2018 Kia Forte review: Our expert's take

What it is: The Forte is Kia’s compact car, and it's available in sedan and hatchback body styles. It competes with the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Subaru Impreza, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla.

Cruise control is now standard.

Consumer reviews

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

Most recent consumer reviews


Excellent performance

The Kia Forte is a very enjoyable car to drive. The comfort of the seats could be a little better, but overall it's a nice car.


I wish i would have had a better experience. 2018

I have 87000 + miles and it needs over 2400 Dollars worth of repairs...cam shaft timing...ect it's been an expensive car to have i wished I'd known better.


from SUV to a Forte

I didn’t think I’d like a sm car after driving an SUV for the last 15 years. But I Love my Forte 😍. And the color Platium Brown

See all 251 consumer reviews


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
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
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
View all cpo program details

Have questions about warranties or CPO programs?

Compare the competitors

See all 2018 Kia Forte articles