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 4.6
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

Defective Transmission

40k miles and the engine light came on. Took the car in to kia. They said my automatic car needs a new transmission. Apparently this is a problem for the 2020 model.

5.0

Wonderful vehicle!!!!!

My Forte is an excellent vehicle performing at its peak. I enjoy driving long distances or short distances. I always arrive safe and sound and never worry about the performance of my Forte. The Forte has a very smooth ride. There is no difficulty watching for other cars in front or behind me. A great car.

4.7

Standard transmission the only way to go

Bought the 2020 in April 2020,the manual transmission because of the value.Even at the low end the car has features no other company offered,Not a single issue in two years.Put on 17 tires and rims,oiled underneath yearly, can't beat that six speed manual transmission.Value wise no car beats it.

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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
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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