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2020 Kia Forte

2020 Kia Forte

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$17,890 — $23,090 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
28-35 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior design and materials
  • Stinger-inspired styling
  • 8-inch touchscreen standard
  • Overall value

The Bad

  • Roofline limits headroom
  • Small door openings
  • No hatchback version
2020 Kia Forte exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Kia Forte
  • 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

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2020 Kia Forte Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

4.5
72 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

1st ever brand new car

by Vegasmike65 from Celeste,TX on October 25, 2020

This car is just awesome . Gas mileage is well over 40 mpg on the highway . Only problem is that it doesn't have a cd player Read full review

(5.0)

2020 Kia Forte GT Line

by ErinBuff from Ellenton, FL on October 15, 2020

This car is great! Looks great, drives well (I will say I miss the size of my Optima vs for Forte which is quite a bit smaller). The SPORT driving mode feature works great for highway driving. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Kia Forte currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Kia Forte FE

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
3 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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

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

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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