By Sean Tucker
The Kia Forte gets overlooked in the affordable compact car race, but it has a lot going for it. Based on the same platform as the more-successful Hyundai /zigman2/quotes/204364212/composite HYMTF +5.20% Elantra, the Kia /zigman2/quotes/206019389/delayed KR:000270 0.00% Forte offers above-average living space, a long list of standard features for a reasonable price, and won a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Forte struggles for name recognition within a compact sedan market historically dominated by the Honda /zigman2/quotes/207173990/composite HMC +1.33% Civic and Toyota /zigman2/quotes/200537742/composite TM +1.06% Corolla, but it’s a solid choice for a reasonable price.
After a freshening last year, Kia will let its compact car ride into 2023 with nearly no changes and only a small price increase. It remains among the dwindling class of cars with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting under $20,000.
Last year saw Kia add an updated suite of advanced driver assistance systems including forward collision avoidance with improved pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane-keeping assist, and lane-following assist. However, Kia still charges extra for some safety features. They include blind-spot monitoring, navigation-based smart cruise control, parking distance sensors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and safe exit warnings.
2023 Kia Forte pricing:
Prices have increased by as little as $400. Kia also charges a $1,095 delivery fee on all Fortes.
|GT automatic transmission||$24,190|
|GT manual transmission||$24,890|