KBB assessment: 4.2 out of 5
The Kia Forte is one of the best values in compact cars today. It is a serious competitor to more established names in its class, such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, with the advantages of a more affordable price and an excellent warranty.
There are two engines available under the hood of the Forte, and you can’t go wrong with either one. Let’s take a closer look and find the right one for you.
The popular engine (recommended)
2.0-litre inline-4 (FE, LXS, GT-Line)
132 lb-ft torque
EPA City/Highway/Combined Fuel Economy: 31/41/35 mpg (FE), 29/39/33 mpg (LXS, GT-Line)
Entrance fee: $19,090
The base engine in the Kia Forte is also the most popular. It is a 2.0-litre inline-4 that delivers adequate performance and excellent fuel economy. Its modest power and torque ratings won’t blow you away, but it’s tough enough to ride around town and hit the highway.
The continuously variable transmission (CVT) takes some getting used to, but it’s part of the reason the Forte gets up to 41 mpg on the highway. It’s inaccurate at times and you’ll hear the occasional booming noise when accelerating, but it gets the job done.
It’s worth noting that fuel economy with the base engine will depend on the equipment you choose. The base FE trim is slightly more economical than the LXS and GT-Line models.
The fast engine
1.6-litre turbo inline-4 (GT)
195 lb-ft torque
EPA City/Highway/Combined Fuel Economy: 27/35/30 mpg (automatic), 22/31/26 mpg (manual)
Entrance Fee: $23,490
An exciting turbocharged engine is available for the Forte if you’re willing to pay for it. It offers performance comparable to that of the Honda Civic Si at a lower price. The Forte GT has snappy acceleration while still delivering fairly good fuel economy.
You can get the turbocharged Forte GT with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters or a 6-speed manual transmission that will appeal to car enthusiasts who want the most control. The manual offers a more engaging driving experience, but it is the most inefficient version of the Forte.
The Forte GT is excellent value in compact sports cars, but the base engine Forte is generally a better value due to its lower price tag and better fuel economy.
More 2022 Kia Forte
Now that you know which engine is right for you, you can build and price your own Kia Forte 2022 to see this week’s fair purchase price or check out the Kia Forte models near you.