The 2016 Kia Forte is a stylish compact car with good reliability, a selection of three engines, and more interior room than most competitors. You can even have it with two, four or five doors.
Some will complain about a lack of front-seat support. What’s more, the Forte is not as advanced on the safety front as newer rivals.
Price and Fuel Economy:
Once again this year, three body styles are available. The Forte sedan (LX, EX, SX) starts at $15,995, while the 2-door Forte Koup (EX, SX) retails from $21,295. Somewhere in the middle is the Forte5 hatchback (LX+, EX, SX), which costs a minimum of $19,495. Beware of the optional automatic transmission as it can add a premium of up to $2,800.
As for fuel consumption, expect to achieve 6.1-6.9L/100km on the highway and 8.9-9.7L/100km in the city with the sedan, depending on the trim level and transmission you pick. The Forte Koup and Forte5 are slightly less efficient.
Improvements and Changes:
No significant changes for 2016. The next generation is due for the 2017 model year.
Three 4-cylinder engines appear on the Forte menu. The base 1.8L mill generates 145 horsepower, while the mid-level 2.0L unit with direct injection produces 173 horsepower. The undisputed king remains the 1.6L turbo (unavailable with the sedan), which cranks out 201 horsepower and nearly as many pounds-feet of torque.
Forte buyers also have the choice between a 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed automatic with ECO assist.
Obviously, the amount of luggage or groceries you can load into the Forte depends on the model you choose. The sedan is good for 421 litres; the coupe, 378 litres; and the hatchback, 657 litres. The rear seatbacks fold down to increase cargo room.
The Kia Forte comes standard with six airbags, hill start assist, electronic stability and traction control, and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and brake assist. A rearview camera is available on select models.
Direct Competitors: Ford Focus, Mazda3, Dodge Dart, Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Camry, Subaru Impreza.