2020 Kia Forte

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$17,890

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2020 Kia Forte
2020 Kia Forte

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior design and materials
  • Sport-oriented GT trim level
  • 8-inch touchscreen standard
  • Drama-free controls
  • Ample standard safety features
  • Overall value

The bad:

  • Roofline limits headroom
  • Small door openings
  • No hatchback version
  • Trunk space
  • Difficult-to-access lower Latch anchors for car seats
  • Fun GT trim sacrifices 3 mpg combined

5 trims

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Notable features

  • New 201-hp GT trim level
  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard

2020 Kia Forte review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2020 Kia Forte?

Redesigned last year, the five-seat Forte compact sedan competes with models like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla. Most trim levels are powered by a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. A new 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder powers the GT trim level, teaming with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or the manual. 

What’s New on the 2020 Kia Forte?

Two new trim levels — GT-Line and GT — are available. The GT-Line has 17-inch alloy wheels, gloss-black exterior accents, LED daytime running lights and taillights, a flat-bottom steering wheel with contrast stitching, push-button start, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. 

Besides its unique drivetrain, the GT gets a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, LED headlights with automatic high beams, and a flat-bottom steering wheel with contrast stitching. Versions with the dual-clutch transmission also get shift paddles. 

What Features in the 2020 Kia Forte Are Most Important?

Standard features include cloth upholstery, a folding backseat, air conditioning, an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and cruise control. Available features include a power sunroof, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, a Harman Kardon premium stereo and wireless device charging. 

Standard active safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and a driver attention monitor. Adaptive cruise control is optional. 

Should I Buy the 2020 Kia Forte?

The Forte offers a lot of standard tech features for the money, and the interior quality of this generation of the Forte has improved. Compact hatchback fans will need to look elsewhere, but if you’re looking for a value-oriented compact sedan, the Forte is worth a look. 

Consumer reviews

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

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

IVT Slippage! 👎

PROS: Value, style, comfort and design. Cons: build quality issues, > Headlights & Taillights leak when washing the car > Accessive road noise > IVT slippage, winding out engine > Poor acceleration, low torque > Engine knocking > Poor paint quality ( road chips accure more often)

5.0

Love my Kia Forte ex. I would buy another one

The car met all my expectations and more. Very happy and would purchase another wheni am ready. I would recommend Kia to everyone who want a reliable car. Kia has the best electronics of any vehicle

5.0

Love it

This car is great to drive. It rides smooth and the seats are comfortable. The backseat is just as roomy as the front! I love the color ( Gravity Grey), the style and the dark wheels. It's a beautiful car.

See all 84 consumer reviews

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
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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