Kia Forte

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

83
Priced From $15,400
MPG 29.0
Styles Reviewed
SedanSedan Scores for this style only
HatchbackHatchback Scores for this style only

Motor Trend

05/11/11
2011-05-11
80
100

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

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Scott Evans Scott Evans Score Pending 2011 Kia Forte Sedan

The 2011 Kia Forte is a great value, it’s surprisingly fun to drive, and it’s utterly forgettable.

Edmunds.com

01/25/11
2011-01-25
82
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Josh Sadlier Josh Sadlier 7.1 out of 10 2011 Kia Forte Sedan

The Kia Forte Koup SX should appeal to drivers who value style over speed — and don’t mind that a stiff ride comes standard.

AutoGuide.com

04/01/11
2011-04-01
82
100

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

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Matthew Elmer Matthew Elmer Score Pending 2011 Kia Forte Sedan

The 2011 Kia Forte EX is an adequate compact car in relation to its price. It’s cheap, good on fuel, comfortable for multiple passengers, plus it has plenty of space to accommodate nearly any activity you can dream up.

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.

Edmunds.com

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

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
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.

About.com

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

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
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. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
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.

AutoBlog.com

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

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
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.

Detroit News

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

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
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.

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.

Edmunds.com

01/04/11
2011-01-04
85
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.

Edmunds.com

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

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
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.

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