2021 Kia Forte

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2021 Kia Forte
2021 Kia Forte

Key specs

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The good:

  • Interior design and materials
  • 8-inch touchscreen standard
  • Drama-free controls
  • Standard safety features
  • Overall value

The bad:

  • Roofline limits headroom
  • Small door openings
  • Trunk space
  • Difficult-to-access lower Latch anchors for car seats
  • No hatchback version

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • 201-hp turbocharged GT trim available

2021 Kia Forte review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Kia Forte?

The five-seat Kia 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 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder powers the GT trim, teaming with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or the manual transmission. 

What’s New on the 2021 Kia Forte?

Manual transmission-equipped GT trim level cars now come with Michelin Pilot Sport summer tires, and the top-of-the-line EX trim gains navigation, a Harman Kardon premium stereo, a power sunroof, wireless device charging and telematics services. 

What Features in the 2021 Kia Forte Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Air conditioning
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Cruise control
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist

Available features include:

  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Push-button start
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control

Should I Buy the 2021 Kia Forte?

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


What is going on with Kia's Automobiles. Not right

The air condition on my 2021 Kia Forte only works on the front and floor vents and not the defogger vents on the windshield, so if it is summertime and raining out, you would have to turn on the heat to defog the windows because turning on the air for the defogger only makes it hotter in the car instead of keeping it cooler. I took it to the dealer twice. The first time, they made it seem as if they corrected the issue. Second time they said they would have to compare it with another Kia Forte. Well I knew this will be pointless because after all I've read reviews with people having the same issues with the same make and model. So I asked the mechanic can he compare the issue with another make and model, because other cars I've had in the past has not had this problem.. He said he would try and I told him I want to witness if the other make and model does the exact thing. This never happened, one of the employees came and told me that they have contacted engineering dept. and that they will give me a call and let me know what they are going to do. They called me 4 business days later and said that air is not suppose to come out of the windshield vent because it will fog the windshield up and that is dangerous, which is the same spill the mechanic gave me before saying he will test another Kia Forte to see if they're having the same issue. So I asked what's the next step and the employee Kyle told me there's nothing that can be done. I told him I cannot ride the next three summers with the air on my face and feet, that I have arthritis which is painful and that I need to lease another model where the air works through every vent. He said he would have the general manager give me a call. Now on the reviews I read on the 2021 Kia Fortes, people were have the same issues with their cooling system as well. The responses on what should be done and what can be wrong were, "Take the car in to the dealership to have them assess the situation." "There can be a number of issues as to why this is happening, one might be it could be an electrical issue," which was what Kyle said to me as well, but, how quickly he forgot that when he called me back to tell me what the engineer said.


Very classy , well built and brand new

Great price and well made. Fun to drive and very well loaded. Very comfortable Seats and dash has great features. Trunk area is huge. Very eager to take it on a trip


Hidden gem

This vehicle exceeded our expectations. The ride, the comfort, the safety features, and passenger / driver room. We went with the GT- line Forte and have absolutely fallen in love with it.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
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
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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