2022 Kia Forte

MSRP $17,890 - $24,490

Ranked #13 in Sedan

2022 Kia Forte Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: November 18, 2021


Kia has come up with an updated 2022 Forte with a redesigned exterior and new technology. Along with a striking exterior, it gets new lighting elements and wheel designs. An all-new 10.25-inch touchscreen is available on higher trims while wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now made standard. Inside, Kia added an electronic parking brake due to which the center console was reworked. Kia also updated the safety features list for the Forte. 



2022 Kia Forte three-quarter view

The 2022 Forte is available for sale in the form of FE, LXS, GT-Line, and GT trims and carries a base price tag of $19,090. Two engines are on offer- a 147-hp inline-4 and a 201-hp turbo-4 engine. The Forte's cabin is comfortable and is a host to a lot of new technologies. It also offers class-leading cargo space of 15.3 cu-ft. The Forte gets heavy rivalry from the Honda Civic, the Mazda 3, and the Hyundai Elantra

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Pros

Great exterior styling

Latest connectivity features

Class-leading cargo space

Loads of creature comforts that offers great value for money

Loads of safety techs

Great reliability

Outstanding fuel economy

Cons

Quality, although good, is still a level behind the rivals

Lackluster CVT

Ride quality is average

What's New?

Exterior redesigned

New 10.25-inch touchscreen & wireless smartphone integration

Reworked center console

More safety features

EX trim no longer available

Manual transmission dropped for FE trim


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17890

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

FE$17,890 onwards

LXS$19,590 onwards

GT-Line$21,290 onwards

GT$23,490 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Kia Forte in Aurora Black Pearl color
Aurora Black Pearl

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

Engine and Performace

8.0

Pricing and Features

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


The Kia Forte reminds us of the well-known saying “champagne taste on a beer budget.”- CarAndDriver

With an updated exterior, the Forte looks much more appealing. Therefore, its value has been leveled up. The reliability and quality of the sedan have been top-notch with quality material usage and impeccable craftsmanship at every corner. The interior has an aged design but is reasonably spacious and practical. Moreover, the Forte also comes with an elongated warranty. 

The Forte's ownership costs are slightly more than its cousin, the Elantra. You can expect somewhere near $6,100 every year for its maintenance, repairs, fuel, etc. Considering the value it offers, it is average for the class. The Forte's reliability is less than the Civic and Sentra but definitely more than the Elantra, Mazda 3, and the Corolla, according to J.D. Power. 

2022 Kia Forte Sedan front angle view
2022 Kia Forte Sedan rear angle view

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Kia Forte Buying Advice

The GT-Line is an impressive offering. For the price, this trim adds more comfort and safety features along with unique styling to the list. You get a leather steering wheel, hands-free power tailgate, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, sport cloth seats with leatherette bolstering and white contrast stitching, and many more. 

2022 Kia Forte rear angle view

2022 Kia Forte Features

It’s a good value, from its warranty to its infotainment- The Car Connection

Kia ditched the EX trim and now the 2022 Forte is offered in four trims namely FE, LXS, GT-Line, and GT. The 2022 Forte has a starting price of $19,090 while the top-end GT trim is priced at $24,490. This excludes a destination charge of $995. Lower trims come with a CVT transmission whereas the GT trim lets you choose between a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and a 6-speed manual. 

2022 Kia Forte front view

The GT-Line and GT trims add some unique styling touches to the exterior. The Forte comes loaded with a fair amount of features even on the base trim while its warranty coverage is just impressive. Kia also offers several optional packages for the Forte. The Technology package in the LXS trim adds a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, safe exit warning, and heated exterior mirrors for $550.

Model

FE

LXS

GT-Line

GT

MSRP (FWD)

$19,090 $19,590 $21,290 $23,490 ($24,490 Manual)

Key Features

15-inch steel wheels 

Adds/ Upgrades to FE trim

Adds/ Upgrades to LXS trim

Adds/ Upgrades to GT-Line trim

  8-inch touchscreen w/ wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

16-inch alloy wheels

Sport cloth seats

18-inch alloy wheels

 

4-speaker audio system

60/40 split rear bench seat Hands-free power tailgate Sport-tuned suspension
 

6-way manually-adjustable front seats

  Push-button start Dual-exhaust system
  3 USB ports   Proximity keyless entry Ambient lighting
  Cloth upholstery   LED DRLs Paddle shifters
  Halogen headlamps   LED Fog lamps LED headlights
  Automatic emergency braking   6-speaker stereo Wireless charging
  Forward collision warning   LED taillights 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
      Heated exterior mirrors  
      10.25-inch touchscreen   
      Dual-zone automatic control  
      17-inch alloy wheels  
      Flat-bottom leather steering wheel  

The GT-Line trim gains a sunroof, an 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, wireless charging, electronic parking brake, and smart cruise control from the $1,700 Premium package. Add more $500 and you get a 10-way power driver's seat, faux leather seats ventilated front seats and rear park assist for the GT trim. Therefore, no matter which model it is, Kia has packed the Forte with many niceties. 


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2022 Kia Forte Engine and Performance

Its base powertrain is competent, if a little uninspired- Autotrader

The Kia Forte's base powertrain consists of a 2.0L inline-4 engine coupled with a highly-efficient CVT transmission system. The dup generates around 147 hp and 132 lb-ft. of torque. The GT trim gets a more powerful 1.6L turbo-4 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox. This engine cranks out 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. of torque. Only the front wheels are driven. 

2022 Kia Forte engine

The Forte isn't as engaging to drive as its rivals. As soon as you hit the broken pavement, the Forte bounces all over the place even with a stiffer suspension setup. If you push it through a corner at any speed, the rear end will jump right off the pavement. The GT trim gets a sport-tuned suspension and a multi-link rear suspension as opposed to the coupled torsion beam in the rear axle that comes in lower trims. 

2022 Kia Forte driving view

The base engine makes adequate power for commuting around town, It completes the 0-60 MPH sprint in 8.1 seconds and has a quarter-mile time of 16.4 seconds. The GT trim does it in 6.8 seconds thanks to its peppy engine and fash-shifting gearbox. The brakes feel sturdy and responsive. There is no nose dive and the brakes do not fade after repeated use. In the brake test, the Forte takes 118 feet to halt from 60 MPH. 

Models

2022 Kia Forte

2022 Honda Civic

2022 Mazda 3*

2022 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP

$19,090 $21,700 $20,650 $19,850

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4 2.0L Inline-4 2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

Power

147 hp @ 6,200 RPM

158 hp @ 6,500 RPM

155 hp @ 6,000 RPM

147 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque

132 lb-ft. @ 4,500 RPM

138 lb-ft. @ 4,200 RPM

150 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

132 lb-ft. @ 4,500 RPM

0-60 MPH 8.1 sec 8.2 sec 8.1 sec 8.1 sec
Quarter Mile 16.4 sec 16.3 sec 16.0 sec 16.5 sec
Top Speed 123 MPH 120 MPH 120 MPH 123 MPH

*2021MY data used for reference

This field is quite competitive as the performance stats of all rivals are almost similar to the Forte. Only the Mazda 3 comes standard with a traditional automatic gearbox while the rest stick to CVT. The Honda Civic's optional turbocharged engine is equally powerful to the Forte but is underpowered when compared to the Mazda 3. 


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2022 Kia Forte Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Forte posts high fuel economy ratings- The Car Connection

When it comes to compact sedans with potent engines under the hood, above-par fuel efficiency can be expected. With the base engine equipped in the FE, LXS, and GT-Line trims, the Forte returns 31 MPG in the city, 41 MPG on a highway, and 35 MPG combined. These fuel ratings are the best in the segment. 

2022 Kia Forte front driving view

The 1.6L engine paired with an automatic transmission is rated at 30 MPG combined while opting for the manual transmission drops the fuel economy to 26 MPG combined. The large 14-gallon fuel tank aids for one of the best driving ranges in the class. The Forte delivers 490 miles in its most efficient form while the least range is 364 miles.

Models

2022 Kia Forte

2022 Honda Civic

2022 Mazda 3*

2022 Hyundai Elantra

MPG (City)

31

31 28

33

MPG (Highway)

41 40 36

43

MPG (Combined)

35 35 31

37

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.0

12.4

13.2

12.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

434/574/490 384/496/434 370/475/409 409/533/459

*2021MY data used for reference

In terms of efficiency, the Hyundai Elantra tops the table, though it houses the same engine as its sibling. Next in line is the Honda Civic with an impressive mileage and respectable driving range. The fuel estimates and driving range of the Mazda 3 are slightly less than the competition. Overall, the Forte fares great against its rivals. 


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2022 Kia Forte Interior

9.0/10

Kia has done an excellent job designing the Forte's interior- Edmunds

The Korean automaker is popular to offer plush interior space at a budget price tag. With a good focus on crafting comfortable space for passengers, the Kia Forte offers a five seating layout. The cabin is treated with good-quality materials and eye-catching stylish touches like circular air vents. The center console has been reworked due to the addition of a new electronic parking brake. However, the age of the design does show even when compared to some other Kia models. 

2022 Kia Forte dashboard

The seats are wrapped in cloth and synthetic leather that offers great long-term comfort and ruggedness. The GT-Line trim's sport cloth seats with leatherette side bolsters and white contrast stitching look awesome. Seating comfort for long rides is one of the best-in-class. The driver's seat gets 6-way power adjustability but only the GT trim gets standard heated front seats. Space is abundant in the front row while the legroom can be tight for long-legged people at the back. 

2022 Kia Forte infotainment system

The standard touchscreen in the Forte measures 8 inches while a new 10.25-inch screen is available on higher trims. Also, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard across the range. These were the much-needed updates for the Forte. Another new feature is the inclusion of a USB port in the rear row. The interface is straightforward and the touchscreen responds quickly. The GT trim gets an 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system that sounds really good. 

Models

2022 Kia Forte

2022 Honda Civic

2022 Mazda 3*

2022 Hyundai Elantra

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/56.1/42.2

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.0/55.7/42.3

40.6/56.5/42.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/55.3/35.7

37.1/56.0/37.4

37.2/53.5/35.1

37.3/55.6/38.0

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft.)

15.3

14.8

13.2

14.2

*2021MY data used for reference

The Forte's 15.3 cu-ft. of cargo space is the best in the class. It can swallow a lot of groceries bags If you need more space, the rear seats can be folded on all but the base FE model. There's decent interior storage offered in the Forte such as center armrest storage in the front, four cupholders, and door pockets to stash small items. Other interior features include:

  • Multi-function leather steering wheel
  • 6-way power driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Power sunroof
  • Dual-illuminating vanity mirrors
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 8 & 10.25-inch touchscreens w/ wireless connectivity 
  • 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Wireless charging

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2022 Kia Forte Exterior

6.0/10

The Kia Forte has gotten an aesthetic refresh for 2022- Kelly Blue Book

The 2022 Kia Forte looks much more compelling with the all-new redesign. The front is complemented with sharper LED headlights and twin LED strips and a chrome-finished grille with GT labels in the GT and GT-line models. The tiger-nose grille seems a bit narrower than the outgoing model. Embracing the new Kia logo in style, the Forte reflects ambition and class. On the lower fascia, the LED fog lamps are placed diagonally and there's large opening on the bottom. 

2022 Kia Forte three-quarter view

The bodyline is streamlined ensuring dynamically superior performance. From the side view, the Forte is shorter than other compact sedans in its class. This gives it the advantage of easy maneuverability. Sporty 15-inch alloy wheels offer a striking look but the GT trim gets unique 18-inch alloys to separate itself from the lesser ones. The rear also got a redesign and it looks much better than the outgoing model. The boxier LED taillights give the Forte a sporty appeal.

Models

2022 Kia Forte

2022 Honda Civic

2022 Mazda 3*

2022 Hyundai Elantra

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,769

2,877 3,100 2,725

Length (in)

182.7

184.0

183.5

184.1

Width (in)

70.9

70.9

70.7

71.9

Height (in)

56.5

55.7

56.9

55.7

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3

5.1

5.5

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

107.7

107.3

107.1

*2021MY data used for reference

The Mazda 3's ground clearance is slighty higher than the Forte. That's wontn cause a problem while getting in and out of the vehicle. Although the Hyundai Elantra and the Forte are built on the same platform, the Elantra has longer and wider proportions. The Honda Civic sports a wide wheelbase here and hence, its rear row feels spacious. Some other exterior features are:

  • LED auto high-beam headlights
  • LED taillights 
  • LED DRLs
  • LED fog lamps
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • Black grille with chrome surrounds
  • Rear decklid spoiler
  • 15, 17, 18-inch alloys

2022 Kia Forte Safety

6.0/10

Kia also reinforced its suite of Drive Wise driver aids- Autotrader

NHTSA has crash-tested the 2022 Kia Forte and gave it a 4-star overall safety rating. As for IIHS ratings, the 2021 model's ratings are taken into consideration as there are no structural changes. It was honored with the Top Safety Pick award as it received the best possible ratings in all evaluations. 

2022 Kia Forte NHTSA crash test

Offering high-quality cars with a robust body structure and advanced driver aids inside has been the gameplay of Kia for a while. Offering great value for money, the Forte hosts a wide range of standard safety features and advanced driver aids. More importantly, Kia has updated the safety features list for 2022. Some of them are:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
  • Back-up Camera
  • Lane-Departure Warning
  • Blind-Spot Monitor
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Driver Attention Monitor
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Rear Parking Sensors

2022 Kia Forte Competition

6.0/10

2022 Kia Forte vs 2022 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic costs a few thousand dollars more than the Forte and it offers fewer standard features. However, its engines are more powerful and it feels more engaging to drive. It is also more fuel-efficient and offers more rear-seat space than the Forte but it falls short on the trunk capacity. Overall, the Civic is a better choice for a better driving experience whereas the Forte is a better value for money. 

2022 Honda Civic

2022 Kia Forte vs 2022 Hyundai Elantra

Despite having similar performance numbers and prices, the nature of both vehicles is different. While the Hyundai Elantra provides class shattering fuel economy and interior cabin space, the Forte provides impressive driving dynamics. Through its GT trim, holds the potential for breathtaking performance. Its cabin is dressed with nicer materials and has an edge in terms of cargo. 

2022 Hyundai Elantra

2022 Kia Forte vs 2022 Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 is known for its excellent driving dynamics. In its most powerful form, the Mazda 3 is way quicker than the Forte. The cabin feels more upscale, attractive and it is equally spacious as the Forte. The Forte offers more standard creature comforts and better cargo volume. On the flip side, some driver aids that are optional on the Forte are standard on the Mazda 3. 

2022 Mazda 3

2022 Kia Forte Final Verdict

The latest Kia Forte equips a robust powertrain and its exterior is compelling with boxier LED headlights and a lengthy structure. The interior space depicts class and sporty vibes with the plush seating arrangement and updated infotainment range. Advanced safety features and driver aids along with all the creature comforts adds true value for money.

2022 Kia Forte front angle view

2022 Kia Forte FAQs

Is the Kia Forte GT fast?

The Kia Forte GT can do a 0-60 MPH sprint in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 135 MPH. 

What is the difference between the Kia Forte GT-Line and GT?

The GT-Line comes with a 147-hp 2.0L engine whereas the GT shuffles it with a 201-hp turbo-4 engine. 

Which Kia Drive Wise feature is newly standard in the 2022 Kia Forte?

Auto high-beam assist and lane following assist are newly standard safety features. 

What updates to the body comprise the 2022 Forte's refresh?

The 2022 Kia Forte gets a redesigned exterior, new lighting elements, new wheel designs, and new technological features. 

Does the Kia Forte hold its value?

Yes, the Kia Forte is one of the most reliable cars in its class. 

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