2018 Kia Forte

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$16,400

starting MSRP

2018 Kia Forte
2018 Kia Forte

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

  • S

    $16,400

  • LX

    $18,300

  • EX

    $21,700

  • SX

    $23,900

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2018 Kia Forte trim comparison will help you decide.

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

5.0

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

5.0

Most reliable car I’ve owned

Most reliable car I’ve ownedIt takes care of me and everything I need for transportation for my family my job two are from doctors needs etc.

3.0

Its junk

It burns oil at 65000 miles. It sounded like a diesel at not 15000 miles and needed new plugs. Now it sits broke down due to a fault in the ecu. This is a 2018. Its only driven on the highway. It only gets synthetic oil. How can it burn oil 5his soon. I mean 2 quarts a month. This car is a piece.

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Warranty

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
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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Compare the competitors

2018

Hyundai Elantra

$20,550

starting MSRP

2020

Nissan Sentra

$19,310

starting MSRP

2019

Hyundai Elantra GT

$20,450

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