2013 Kia Forte

MSRP $15,400 - $19,300

Ranked #6 in Sedan

7.7

Overall Rating

2013 Kia Forte Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 27, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2013 Kia Forte is a compact family-oriented sedan that is known for its superb reliability ratings and for offering a decent number of features. While compact cars are all about cutting corners and providing the bare minimum, the Forte is a sedan that goes a step further in terms of providing more amenities and interior space. Priced at about $16,400 for the base trim, the Forte is available in a total of 3 trims, LX, EX, and SX. This means that the Forte is one of the cheapest sedans you can get in the segment, and its strong reliability ratings make it a popular choice in the used-car market as well.

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Pros

Affordable price tag

Great Cargo Space

Good Reliability Ratings

Elegant, simple styling

Cons

Rough-riding SX trim

Intrusive road noise

Low-rent interior materials

What's New?

Low Washer-fluid Warning 

LED DRLs standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$15400

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

132 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

156 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

144 lb.-ft. @ 4300 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

178.3 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

2729 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

931 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/34 mpg

highway range

465.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$15,400 onwards

EX$17,800 onwards

SX$19,300 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Kia Forte in Aurora Black color
Aurora Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The 2013 model year of the Forte is the ​​last model year before a redesign. Thus, it is powered by the same old 156-horsepower four-cylinder engine that offers average performance for the class. It comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission which is standard, while a six-speed automatic is available. The other powertrain option is a peppier four-cylinder mill that generates 173 horsepower. This Kia goes after other affordable compact sedans such as the Hyundai Elantra Sedan and Toyota Corolla Sedan.


9.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2013 Kia Forte Features

9.0/10

The 2013 Kia Forte is available in three different trim levels, namely LX, EX, and SX. The base trim comes with a six-speed manual transmission, and it uses the 156-horsepower four-cylinder engine. In terms of the standard features, the Forte does not offer much as the base LX trim feels quite spartan. However, functional features such as the satellite radio, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, and Bluetooth are standard. More advanced features such as power windows, power door locks, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and remote keyless entry are offered only by the mid-level EX trim. The range-topping SX trim uses the more powerful engine and comes with a sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Trims

LX

EX 

SX

MSRP

$16,400

$17,800

$19,300

Key Features

15-inch Steel Wheels

Keyless Entry

Powerful Engine

 

Air-conditioning

Power Folding Mirrors

17-inch Alloy Wheels

 

Height Adjustable Driver's Seat

Cruise Control

Sport Tuned Suspension

 

60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat

Tilt-Telescopic Steering

Automatic Headlights

 

Bluetooth

Map Lights

LED Running Lights

 

4-Speaker Audio

6-Speaker Audio

Paddle Shifters

 

Satellite Radio

Steering Wheel Controls

Leather Wrapped Steering

 

 

 

Metal Finish Interior Trims

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While the range-topping SX trim is for those who want performance instead of comfort, it is the EX trim that offers the best value for your money. For $17,800, it gets you many modern-day features such as power windows, power door locks, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and remote keyless entry.

2013 Kia Forte Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2013 Kia Forte comes with the same old 2.0 L DOHC 16 Valve four-cylinder engine that generates 156 horsepower and 144 ft-lbs of torque. It is paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, and six-speed automatic transmission is offered as an optional upgrade with the base trim. All the other trims come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The second engine option is the four-cylinder unit that generates 173 horsepower. The base engine is not very peppy but provides enough grunt to crawl around in the city. Over onto the highway, it gets noisy at high RPMs and feels quite unrefined. 

The 173-horsepower engine, which is available with the SX trim only, feels much smoother. However, the six-speed automatic transmission is not the quickest in the segment. This engine provides good power to crawl around the city as well as occasional cruising over the highway. It does not feel underpowered even under full load, and overtaking traffic over the highway is a breezy affair. The Forte is capable of reaching from zero to 60 mph in a rather quick 8.1 seconds. 

Models

Kia Forte Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla

MSRP

$15,400

$16,965

$16,230

Engine

2.0 L DOHC Inline 4

1.8 DOHC Inline 4

1.8 Inline 4

Transmission

6-speed Manual

6-speed Manual

5-speed Manual

Horsepower

156 hp @ 6200 rpm

148 hp @ 6500 rpm

132 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

144 lb.-ft. @ 4300 rpm

131 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

128 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

0-60 Mph (sec)

8.1

9.5

8.6

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.2

17

16.8

Top Speed

132

116

140

While the Toyota Corolla is slower than the Forte, it offers the maximum top speed of 140 miles. It is the Forte with its 173-horsepower engine which is the quickest to reach 60 mph from a standstill. The Toyota Corolla’s lowest torque output means that you have to keep changing gears at slow speeds if you opt for the manual transmission. When comparing the price tag, Hyundai is the most expensive option out of the three.

2013 Kia Forte Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Forte feels like a light and a zippy car, especially if you choose it for city use. While the Forte might not feel very peppy with its base engine, we expected it to be more fuel-efficient than its rivals. However, it is not the case here as it failed to impress us in terms of being pocket-friendly when it comes to fuel costs. It offers 24 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and 29 MPG combined. Thus, the fuel economy figures that Forte provides might not attract price-conscious buyers.

Models

Kia Forte Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla

City

24

28

28

Highway

34

38

34

Combined

29

33

31

Fuel Tank Capacity

13.7 gal.

12.8 gal.

13.2 gal.

Range 

343.2/514.8/N/A

405.6/592.8/N/A

410.0/5940.8/N/A

In comparison, the Hyundai Elantra manages to squeeze out just a little bit more in terms of fuel efficiency, especially over the highway. Toyota Corolla with its 33 MPG of combined mileage sits at the very top in terms of fuel economy. When comparing the overall range, the Kia Forte lags behind all its competitors due to its small 12.8 gallons of fuel tank capacity.

2013 Kia Forte Interior

9.0/10

The Kia Forte’s cabin can seat up to five people on board, but just like many other compact sedans, it is best for seating only up to four people. Stepping into the cabin is easy due to the wide-opening doors, but once you are inside, you will instantly realize that it is built on a budget. Where the interior of the Forte impresses the most is in terms of space. However, still, the cheap price tag comes with a lot of trade-offs in terms of interior. At the front as well as at the rear, the passengers get a lot of stretches out. The dashboard looks modern, but the cabin is full of hard plastics which let down the whole experience.

The overall visibility is impressive, and you get adequate storage space to store your knick-knacks. In terms of the seating comfort, the front seats offer adequate support for the lower back, but the under-thigh, as well as shoulder support, is a bit lacking. The same is the case with the rear bench as well which is not very suitable for undertaking long haul trips. Thus, the cabin of the Forte is more suitable for undertaking short city trips. What helps in matter of comfort is that the cushioning is neither too soft nor too hard, which makes it slightly easier to sit comfortably for long durations.

Models

Kia Forte Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40/55.7/43.3

40/55.9/43.6

38.8/54.8/411.7

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.6/54.7/35.0

37.1/54.8/33.1 

37.2/54.7/36.3

Cargo Capacity (All Seats In Place)

14.7 cu-ft

14.8 cu-ft

12.3 cu-ft

The 2013 Kia Forte offers class-leading boot space along with the Hyundai Elantra. It can store up to 6 to 8 carry-on suitcases, which are enough for storing luggage of up to five people. The Toyota Corolla, on the other hand, offers the smallest boot in its class. The Forte scores high in terms of cabin space but offers the most lackluster cabin in its class. Major interior features include-

  • Keyless start
  • Power steering
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Remote trunk release
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Remote Keyless Entry 
  • Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Cruise control

How intuitive is the 2013 Kia Forte’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system of the 2013 Kia Forte is easy to use and comes with a lot of useful features. It gets Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio, and an auxiliary input jack for the audio system along with steering wheel controls and voice activation. If those features are not enough, the Technology Package brings navigation, SiriusXM, XMTraffic, automatic climate control, and push-button start. Kia’s brand new Kia’s UVO infotainment system will be featuring with the 2014 mode year, and thus we recommend you to wait for it if you want the best infotainment experience. Some of the standard infotainment features on the Kia Forte include:

  • 3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control
  • USB Connection
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Voice Recognition
  • 6 Total Speakers
  • Auxiliary Audio
  • 4-Speaker Audio system 

2013 Kia Forte Exterior

7.0/10

The exterior design of the Forte has not received a refresh for the 2013 model year. However, the car still does not look outdated and does well in terms of exterior, according to the class standards. At the front, the sleek headlamps give it a rather imposing look with the signature Kia grille. The chrome surrounding the front grille helps break the monotony of the design. At the rear, the horizontal taillamps with a boot spoiler give a bit of a sporty touch to the overall design. Overall the car still looks very simple, and some might even find it a bit boring in terms of looks.

Models

Kia Forte Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla

Curb Weight

2729 lbs.

2661 lbs.

2734 lbs.

Ground Clearance

6

6

6

Height

58 in.

57 in.

58 in.

Length

178 in.

178 in.

180 in.

Wheelbase

104 in.

106 in.

102 in.

Width

70 in.

70 in.

72 in.

Track Width

61 in.

61 in.

60 in.

In comparison, the Toyota Corolla is the longest but also has the shortest wheelbase here. The Hyundai Elantra Sedan offers the longest wheelbase which liberates more legroom on the inside. Still, it is Corolla that provides the best road presence in its class thanks to its wider footprint. The Kia Forte, on the other hand, is the second heaviest sedan in its class. Few major exterior features include-

  • Rear Bumper Applique
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Wheel Locks
  • Power Sunroof W/Tilt
  • Power mirrors 
  • Foglights
  • Side mirrors with integrated turn signals (Optional)

2013 Kia Forte Safety

6.0/10

In terms of safety, the 2013 Kia Forte’s crash test scores are average for the class. The base trim does not get much when we talk about the driver-assistance aids. However, features like the standard electronic stability control and LATCH connectors for child safety seats go a long way in helping the car feel safer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the Forte Sedan 'Good' ratings in most crash tests that it performed. It is also named the Top Safety Pick by IIHS. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it four out of five stars overall and in all three crash-tests performed. Other salient safety features include:

  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Anti Lock brakes
  • Airbags
  • Rearview camera 

2013 Kia Forte Final Verdict

The2013 Kia Forte is a cheap and practical compact family sedan that offers oodles of space and features. Due to its excellent reliability ratings, we would also recommend any buyer to look for an option in the used car market. With the best warranty package in the business of 10 years/100,000 miles, the Forte becomes one of the best cars to own if you want a fuss-free ownership experience. However, the poor quality of cabin materials, as well as a lower fuel economy in comparison to its rivals, make this Kia seem like a bit of a compromise in the name of affordability.

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