2023 Kia Forte

Starting MSRP 

$21,615

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Key Spec of 2023 Kia Forte
fuel economy

25/NA/32

fuel type

-

horsepower

401 hp @ 5200 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Feature-loaded vehicle at an affordable

Less room for rear-seat passengers

No prominent changes are expected for the 2023 Forte

Appealing and sporty look

Unbalanced chassis

No longer continuation of the FE variant

Value-oriented price in the segment

Ungiving ride comfort

Part of the third generation of the Forte

Good fuel economy numbers

Generous warranty from the Kia

2023 Kia Forte Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 19, 2022

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The Kia Forte proposes a stylish and respectable performance to the shoppers looking for it. Though the price is aggressively less, it lacks a certain attractiveness when compared to the rivals in the segment. On the basis of the different trim levels, the performance, fuel economy, and other accessories elevate with the price brackets. It is all garnished with the most liberal guarantee in the industry offered by the company and it makes it a worthy competition. Kia offers an I4 engine in the base models of the Forte that delegates 147 hp. The performance number increases with the more powerful turbocharged engine on the GT model of the Kia Forte, which pumps out 201 horsepower.

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Over All Rating

0.0

Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#4 in Compact Sedan

#5 in Sedan


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Trims

FE$21,615 Est. onwards



Colors and Styles

Build Car
Aurora Black

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

In the new 2023 Forte, Kia is expected to not make any changes. With the same refreshed look as the last year, Kia Forte is predicted to change its name to Kia K3 in order to match the nomenclature. It is going to carry the updated exterior, wheel designs, and revised bumpers from last year. As usual, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come as standard. The new Forte will be competing with the Honda Civic, the Hyundai Elantra, and the Mazda 3 Sedan.


Features

The whole lineup of the Kia Forte commences with its most popular and the base model LX and goes all the way up to GT. The base models are suited with the standard I4 engine that produces 147 Horsepower whereas the top variants GT carry a more powerful turbocharged engine that produces 201 horsepower. The LX, LXS, and GT Line models offer a CVT, whereas the GT comes with 6-speed manual transmission and 7-speed automatic transmission. The Standard 8.2-inch infotainment screen offers wireless Bluetooth with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity. This experience rises with the 10.3 -inch touch screen in the GT and GT line models. Ordinary trims like LX and LXS run on 15-inch and 16-inch wheels respectively, but it runs faster with 17-inch on the GT line and 18-inch on the GT models. All the models run on the same Front Wheel Drive (FWD) drivetrain.

Trims 

2023 Kia Forte LX

2023 Kia Forte LXS

2023 Kia Forte GT-line 

2023 Kia Forte GT

MSRP (I4)

$ 20,585

$ 21,085

$ 22,785

 

MSRP ( Turbocharged) (Auto.)

     

$ 25,285 

MSRP (manual)

     

$ 25,985

Key Features 

15-inch steel alloys 

16-inch aluminum wheels 

17-inch wheels 

18-inch alloys 

 

8-inch infotainment touch screen 

Electric power assist steering wheel

10.2-inch infotainment touch screen

1.6L turbocharged engine

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity

4 wheel disk brakes 

Daynight rear view mirrors

201 HP

 

I4 engine 

Strut front suspensions

Manually adjustable front row seats 

Automatic 7 speed transmission

 

Variable intermittent glass 

Fully galvanized steel panels 

Driver monitoring alert

Manual 6-speed transmission

 

USB input

Auto projector headlamp

ABS and ESC

Sport-tuned exhaust 

 

Power rear windows 

Illumnitaed entry 

Rear child safety locks

LED headlights 

 

Front cup holders 

Remote keyless access

34.8 feet turning diameter

Black faux leather

 

147 hp

Cruise controls

15.3 cubic feet of trunk space

Wireless charging pad

Apart from these features offered in the various trims of the Forte, Kia provides you with various optional packages for different trim levels.

Optional packages of LXS models include -

  • Heated side mirrors 
  • Safe exit system 
  • Blind spot monitoring 
  • Rear cross traffic alert

GT line offers 3 different optional packages to upgrade the vehicle 

GT line premium adds 

  • 8 speaker Harmon Kardon sound system
  • Sunroof
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • Adaptive Cruise control
  • LED cabin lighting 

GT Line Sport Package

  • 10-way power adjustable driver seats 
  • Rear seat charging port 
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • Leather seats

GT Line Technology Package

  • Pedestrian and collision avoidance
  • Navigation based smart cruise control
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold 

Even for the top variant GT, Kia offers 2 optional packages in the Forte-

GT Technology package - In this package of GT model, you get all the optional features of the GT line technology package.

GT2 Package - This package mirrors the premium ads of the GT line variant.

We Recommend 

We guide you to go with the GT Line variant of the 2023 Kia Forte if you are okay with the fewer powers in the rims. It provides almost the same features and accessories even in the optional packages with a less rice bracket than GT. It also gives good fuel economy figures and saves your extra penny to spend on fuel.

Release Date 

The new 2023 Forte is yet to be released and is expected to debut in late 2022.

Engine and Performance

In 2023 Forte, Kia assigns the same undisturbed 2 powertrains. The first engine is the 2.0L I4 which comes in the LX, LXS, and the GT line variant. This engine puts 147 hp and runs on the single-speed Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT). This takes time of 8.2 seconds to motivate the car to go from 0-60mph.

The second engine is only available on the top variant GT, which is a 1.6L Turbocharged engine that creates 201 horsepower and aggressively completes a 0-60 mph run in 6.7 seconds. It pairs with the 7-speed automatic transmission and 6-speed manual transmission. All the models have a top speed limited to 123 mph.

Each variant offers only an FWD drivetrain.

Models 

2023

 KIA FORTE 

2023 

Honda CIVIC

2023 HYUNDAI ELANTRA 

2023 

MAZDA 3

MSRP

$ 20, 585

$ 24, 935

$ 21,845

$ 23,615

Engine 

2.0L I4

2.0L I4

2.4L I4

2.5L I4

Drivetrain 

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

6 speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

191 hp @ - 6000 rpm 

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

138 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

8.7 seconds 

9.2 seconds

9.4 seconds 

5.6 seconds 

Quarter-mile (seconds)

-

17.3 seconds 

16.5 seconds 

14.3 seconds

Top speed 

123 mph 

132 mph 

116 mph 

134 mph 

With reference to the above comparison, the 2023 Mazda 3 is the best performance car. It comes with a standard 2.5L I4 engine that bubbles out 191 hp and it makes the vehicle quick enough to complete 0-60 in just 5.6 seconds. Despite being one of the most costly cars in the comparison it justifies the price hike. Copying the horsepower figures with the 2023 Elantra, 2023 Forte completes the 0-60 distance faster than the 2023 Honda Civic.

2023 Kia Forte Ride and Handling

With a sportier look from the outside, the new Forte fulfills a handful of the drive experiences. Though this experience increases with the elevating price and more powerful trims. It steers with 34.8 feet turning diameter. Kia gives a decent braking system in Forte. It comes with strut front suspension and Torsion Beam rear suspension. Even in the basic trims, Kia offers good safety features. In the optional packages of the GT trim, you get heated and ventilated seats that suit the riding experience.

2023 Kia Forte Braking Performance

This year also, Kia has not touched the braking system of the vehicle. For the usual variants, it is equipped with 11 inches front rotors and 10.3 inches brake rotors for the rear wheel. However, thanks to its larger tires, the GT model stops the car with 12 inches rotors for the front and the same 10.3 inches for the rear. The sedan takes 173 ft. of the distance to bring the car at standstill from 70-0 mph.

MODEL

2023 

KIA FORTE 

2023 

HONDA CIVIC

2023 HYUNDAI ELANTRA 

2023

MAZDA 3

Brake rotors

(front) (in)

11 inch

 

11.1 inches 

 

11 inch

 

11 inch 

 

Brake Rotors 

(back) (in)

10.3 inch 

 

10.2 inches

 

10.3 inches 

 

10.4 inch 

Curb weight

(lbs)

2769 lbs

2877 lbs.

2725 lbs.

3092 lbs

 

60-0 (- ft.)

173 ft.

 

173 ft

 

171 ft.

 

169 ft.

Balancing on the highest curb weight among the four, the 2023 Mazda stops the car at the shortest distance of 169 ft, while the 2023 Civic and the new Forte stop the car from taking the same distance, despite having variations in the curb weights. Carrying almost the same curb weight and the brake rotors sizes, the 2023 Elantra takes fewer steps to come to a standstill.

Fuel Economy

While exercising on the 2.0L I4 engine, the LX, the LXS, and the GT line variants of the Forte, provides a mileage of 28 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. With 14 gallons of fuel tank capacity standard on all trims, it provides the range of 392 mpg in the city, 546 mpg on the highway, and 448 mpg as a combined range.  On the GT, the standard 1.6L turbocharged engine sucks more fuel and results in the mileage figures of 22 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. And the resultant range figures look like this - 308 mpg in the city, 438 mpg on the highway, and 364 mpg as combined.

Model 

2023

 KIA FORTE 

2023 

HONDA CIVIC

2023 HYUNDAI ELANTRA 

2023 

MAZDA 3

MPG (city)

28 mpg

31 mpg

33 mpg

26 mpg 

MPG (highway)

39 mpg

40 mpg 

42 mpg

35 mpg 

MPG (combined)

32 mpg

35 mpg

37 mpg

30 mpg 

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

14 gallons 

12.4 gallons

14 gallons

13.2 gallons 

Range (City, highways, combined in miles)

392/546/448

384.4/496/434 

462/588/518

343.2/462/396

The new Elantra emerges as the most fuel efficient car in the segment. With its 14 gallons of fuel capacity, it delivers the highest mpg figures. It also debuts as the best range vehicle among the four, where it carries the range of 462 mpg in the city, 588 mpg on the highway, and 518 mpg combined. The 2023 Forte comes second in the row, despite having more curb weight than the Civic, it facilitates healthy mileage figures. Civic scores 31 mpg in the city, 40mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined. The new Mazda 3, scores least in both the mileage and range figures, all due to its more powerful engine and highest curb weight.

Interior

Indirectly marketed as a Stinger Sport-looking car at an affordable price, the new Forte competes for the interior features with its rivals. The base models are enriched with a faux leather interior. The seats feel comfortable and provide competitive roomy status to the shoppers looking for them. The standard 8.2-inch infotainment screen supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. On the base models, for the first row, Kia offers 38.8 inches of headroom,42.2 inches of legroom, and 56.1 inches of room for the shoulder. For the second row, it provides 37.5 inches for headroom, 35.7 for legroom, and 55.3 inches for the shoulder.

Comes with 4-wheel ABS as standard, Forte is also concerned about the rear child safety locks and emergency braking assist. The minimalist cabin has ample room for the adults to go on a long drive. You get dual-zone automatic climate control, high-quality leather seats, and heated side mirrors with blind spot monitoring as an option in the LXS trim. However, if you want to have the fun of a clear sky, a sunroof is an option on the GT line and GT trims.

Model

2023

 KIA FORTE

2023 

HONDA CIVIC

2023

HYUNDAI ELANTRA

2023

MAZDA 3

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom

 

38.8/42.2/56.1 

 

39.3/42.3/57

 

40.6/42.3/56.5

 

38/42.3/55.7

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

 

37.5/35.7/55.3

 

37.1/37.4/56

 

37.3/38/55.6

 

37.3/35.1/53.5

Cargo Capacity(cu.-ft)

15.3 cu,-ft

14.8 cu,-ft

14.2 cu.-ft

13.2 cu.-ft

Carrying the highest cargo capacity, Forte provides an elegant roomy interior not only for front row passengers but also for the rear seated people. With 14.2 cu.-ft of cargo space, 2023 Elantra drives with the best roomy interiors in the segment. Imitating the Forte, the Civic brings the second largest cargo space. And at last, the Mazda 3 also resembles the Civic and Forte and goes with the least cargo capacity of 13.2 cu.-ft.

Highlights of the key features of the Forte of 2023 -

  • FM stereo
  • 4 speakers on the base trim
  • One touch power windows 
  • Sunroof as an option on GT and GT line
  • USB connection
  • Electric power steering 
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Clock
  • Cruise control
  • Front view camera
  • High-quality leather seats on premium trim
  • 8 speaker Harmon Kardon speaker as an option
  • 6-way adjustable driver and passenger seats
  • Heated and ventilated seats as package
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Front cup holder
  • Rear cup holder
  • Driver footrest as standard

How intuitive is the 2023 Kia Forte’s Infotainment System?

As the Forte looks sportier from the outside, it also functions great tech system inside the cabin. Even the less costly trims are felicitated with the 8.2-inch infotainment touch screen that devises decent touch response and visibility. It assists you with the connectivity of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, which helps pair your smartphone smoothly. It also showcases the front camera on the screen. The four-speaker sound system provides no complaining audio.

In extravagant trims, you get an option to upgrade the audio system to 8-speaker Harman Kardon. Trim comes also equipped with a 10.3 -inch infotainment touch screen for a better user experience. All models come with a colorful 4.2-inch instrument cluster between the gauges.

These features enrich the experience of using the infotainment system-

  • 8.2-inch infotainment screen on usual models
  • 10.3-inch infotainment screen on GT 
  • 4 speaker standard sound system
  • 8 speaker optional Harmon Kardon sound system
  • Steering remote control
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • Bluetooth hands-free
  • USB charging port
  • Speed compensated volume control
Exterior

In the 2023 generation of the Forte, Kia has cumulated the same upgraded look of last year. The appearance of the vehicle does not match the price it carries, all thanks to the sporty and performance-oriented design. It is manufactured on the same 106.3-inch wheelbase and it carries on a length of 182.7 inches. While enlightening the width of the car without mirrors, it measures 70.9 inches wide. It scores 56.5 inches in height. It has a ground clearance of 5.3 inches. LX, LXS, and the GT line dance with the same curb weight of 2769 lbs. Due to the turbocharged engine, the GT has an increased curb weight of 2989 lbs.

Model

2023 

KIA FORTE

2023 

HONDA CIVIC

2023

HYUNDAI ELANTRA

2023

 MAZDA 3

Curb Weight (lbs)

 

2769 lbs.

 

2877 lbs.

 

2725 lbs

 

3092 lbs.

Length (in.)

182.7 inches

184 inches

184.1 inches

184 inches

Width (in.)

70.9 inches

70.9-inches

71.9 inches

70.9 inches

Height (in.)

56.5 inches

55.7-inches

55.7 inches 

55.7-inches 

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3 inches

N/A

5.3 inches 

5.5 inches

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3 inches

107.7 inches

107.1 inches

107.3 inches

The new Honda Civic has the longest wheelbase of 107.7 inches whereas the Forte has the shortest wheelbase among all. As the rest of the three cars are composed of the same length, Forte remains behind with its 182.7 inches length. In terms of height for better headroom, Forte beats all. Since the ground clearance of the New Civic is unavailable, a practical approach finds it to have the same as that of Forte and Elantra, keeping Mazda 3 atop.

Some more exterior features that make the Forte more interesting-

  • 15-inch steel alloys on LX
  • 16-inch aluminum wheels on LXS
  • 17-inch aluminum alloys on GT line 
  • 18-inch wheels on GT 
  • 19-inch optional wheels for GT
  • Sportier front bumper
  • All blacked grille with chrome surrounding
  • Automatic high beams headlight
  • Variable intermittent wipers 
  • Daytime running auto high beam headlights 
  • Tire mobility kit
Safety

The 2023 Kia Forte has achieved an overall safety rating of 4 stars out of 5 from the NHTSA. As standard features, Forte offers a pre-collision safety system, stability control, front and rear airbags, Child safety anchors, a 4-wheel Ambi brake system, and many more prominent features. However, as an option, it offers an Adaptive Cruise control system that, with the help of the navigation in the car, detects the upcoming turning on the way.

These features ensure the safety of the vehicle -

  • Cruise control steering assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Collision mitigation for front
  • Collision mitigation for rear
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Airbag occupancy sensor
  • Backup camera
Competition

2023 Kia Forte vs 2023 Honda Civic

With around an extra $ 5000, the new Civic neglects the New Forte. The Civic has a comparatively larger wheelbase. The 2023 Civic offers better fuel economy figures and it also transmits a healthier range than Forte. But in terms of height, Forte takes the deal. Forte facilitates a more sporty look with a less price bracket. It is also induced with good safety features as standard. If the priority of the shopper is a fuel-friendly car with a longer look and higher top speed, then New Civic is for them, unless you want a sporty-looking car, with less price range, Forte is a vehicle to go with.

2023 Kia Forte vs. 2023 Hyundai Elantra

The Forte and the Elantra resemble each other in almost every dimension, but Elantra has a slightly larger wheelbase. The ground clearance of the Kia will be definitely more than that of Hyundai’s, due to its best in segment height. With less cargo capacity, Elantra gives birth to a better room for the front and rear seat passengers. In the Elantra, Hyundai provides best-in-class fuel economy and range numbers despite having a shorter fuel tank. The Forte walks ahead with more cargo capacity and top speed. Both vehicles are good at their specific realms.

2023 Kia Forte vs. 2023 Mazda 3

If it's a matter of more horsepower and doing 0-60 mph in fewer time intervals, the 2023 Mazda 3 walks far away from the Forte but touring the more powerful engine results in more fuel consumption. Forte has better fuel economy and range than that Mazda’s, but it has a shorter wheelbase. Mazda is good at ground clearance and Top speed but lacks in cargo carrying capacity. The Forte steers with less curb weight. With 6 speed automatic transmission and a hike of $ 3000, Mazda is a good-to-go choice for the shopper seeking more horsepower.

Final Verdict

If the fuel economy figures do not matter to you, and you are cranky about a sporty-looking vehicle, then CARHP recommends you this sedan. With a lesser price bracket than the rivals of the segment, it delivers good value and various prominent features even in the usual trims. It comes with one of the best in class cargo carrying capacity and fuel tank. In terms of top speed, it beats many sedans in the segment. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$21615

body style

dr Sedan

engine type
horse power

401 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft.

transmission

6-Speed Manual

dimensions
length

182.7 in

wheelbase

106.3 in

width

70.9 in

curb weight

2707 lbs

Height

56.5 in

Ground Clearance

5.3 lbs

capacity
passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

25/NA/32 mpg


Kia Forte 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$15,044
5 Year Cost To Own
$33,848
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $33,848
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$1,819$1,317$1,247$1,463$1,386$7,232
Insurance$1,326$1,372$1,420$1,470$1,522$7,110
Fuel$2,026$2,087$2,149$2,214$2,280$10,756
Maintenance$360$622$455$983$1,479$3,899
RepairsNANANANA$670$670
Financing Interest$809$651$481$302$109$2,352
Taxes and Fees$1,294$147$138$130$120$1,829
Total Cost-To-Own$7,634$6,196$5,890$6,562$7,566$33,848
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