Kia Forte

In published reviews,
critics awarded this
vehicle an average
overall score of:

83
Priced From $15,400
MPG 29.0
Styles Reviewed
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AutoGuide.com

04/10/12
2012-04-10
86
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2012 Kia Forte Hatchback

The Forte 5-door certainly warrants a test drive. Even in its most basic form, it’s a fun, good-looking hauler that should be popular with younger buyers. Perhaps a little less engaging that its rivals, this hatchback is strong on value.

About.com

07/15/14
2014-07-15
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Frank A. Aukofer Frank A. Aukofer Score Pending 2014 Kia Forte Hatchback

The Forte5 SX is an impressive, value-laden package, and one that deserves to be cross-shopped against other enthusiast models.

Edmunds.com

01/04/11
2011-01-04
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2011 Kia Forte Sedan

The 2011 Kia Forte may not be top of mind for a lot of consumers, but it should be, as it compares favorably against perennial favorites from Honda, Mazda and Toyota.

Edmunds.com

12/06/11
2011-12-06
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2012 Kia Forte Sedan

We consider some newer small cars to be more appealing overall, but if you’re looking for something sporty, practical or just high on value, the 2012 Kia Forte is worth a look.

Motor Trend

06/01/11
2011-06-01
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Nate Martinez Nate Martinez Score Pending 2011 Kia Forte Hatchback

A vehicle’s quickness ultimately takes a backseat to how much fuel it gulps, its everyday usefulness, and its bottom-line price, three factors the Forte SX excels at. Throw in some handsome looks, and what Kia now has is the hatchback it always wanted.

Edmunds.com

07/27/11
2011-07-27
84
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2011 Kia Forte Sedan

The 2011 Kia Forte may not be top of mind for a lot of consumers, but it should be, as it compares favorably against perennial favorites from Honda, Mazda and Toyota.

Detroit News

12/02/11
2011-12-02
84
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Scott Burgess Scott Burgess 8.5 out of 10 2012 Kia Forte Hatchback

The Kia Forte is a mover, not a shaker. It’s the utility of the hatchback that makes it special. That big open space in the back means it can carry loads of stuff. It also means the ride will be noisier and it may not perform as well as its sedan brother.

AutoBlog.com

09/08/11
2011-09-08
84
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2011 Kia Forte Hatchback

Given the Forte 5-Door’s impressive standard features, best-in-class 10-year warranty and sharp-looking sheetmetal, we suspect this hatchback will draw attention from shoppers.

About.com

08/12/11
2011-08-12
83
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Aaron Gold Aaron Gold 7.1 out of 10 2011 Kia Forte Sedan

The Forte is still a fantastic car — good looking, roomy, and a smart buy, especially in mid-level EX trim. Its problem is that the competition has gotten a lot better.

Edmunds.com

09/08/11
2011-09-08
83
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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John DiPietro John DiPietro Score Pending 2011 Kia Forte Hatchback

Those looking for a roomy compact car with a sporty, fun-to-drive personality should check out the 2011 Kia Forte SX.

Edmunds.com

05/18/12
2012-05-18
83
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2013 Kia Forte Sedan

The 2013 Kia Forte is a decent choice if the right deal comes along, but you should know you’ll be settling for something more ho-hum than holy cow.

AutoSavant.com

10/25/11
2011-10-25
82
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Brendan Moore Brendan Moore Score Pending 2011 Kia Forte Hatchback

The Kia Forte SX 5-door looks sporty, but it is probably more accurate to say that it is merely willing. Handling is good, but not great; the engine sounds a bit agricultural and gets breathless easily, and hard driving quickly belies its economy car platform and heritage.

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