2020 Kia Forte

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$17,890

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

31

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

182.7” x 56.5”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2020 Kia Forte trim comparison will help you decide.

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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
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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 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

2.0

Don’t buy a 2020 Kia Forte

My vehicle has less than 41,000 miles and needs a new transmission. I took my vehicle in on November 20th and waited 6 hours at the dealership to “confirm” Kia would cover the cost of a new transmission. The transmission is currently on back order. I purchased the vehicle with 12 miles on it. Maintenance has been performed as scheduled. Ain’t no way in xxxx I should need a new transmission but here we are. I’m in a rental vehicle now but on the 12th of January I will have paid another payment towards a vehicle I haven’t driven 38 days. The dealership has yet to provide me with and ETA on the transmission. What happened to the days of a vehicle lasting 10-15 years? Three years is finna make me go postal.

3.0

Kia’s cars do have a problem and issue yes they do

This 2020 Kia Forte they do have a problem on there power steering and braking plus it jumps they do have recalled you have to test those car more plus they have a problem with there fuels to this kia do have problems stop saying they don’t have no recalled because they do have a power if someone stolen them they get stolen so quickly I know it plz check on them all Kia’s plz

2.0

AVOID 2020!!!!

Huge piece of junk. Transmission issues that the dealer gives you the runaround about, drinks coolant like crazy no leaks, doesn't always start the first time.

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Safety

Based on the 2020 Kia Forte base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
3
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
10.7%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

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
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 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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