2016 Kia Forte

2016 Kia Forte
2016 Kia Forte

2016 Kia Forte


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 37 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.8 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 145 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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The Forte is a compact that's one size down from the Kia Optima and one up from the Kia Rio. It competes in a crowded segment, against some very established nameplates like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta and Ford Focus, as well as the Chevrolet Cruze and Dodge Dart. The Kia Forte stands out for offering a little more equipment for the same price -- as well as some standout comfort options, such as a heated steering wheel and cooled driver's seat. There's also a choice between three engines, a fuel-efficient 1.8L, a stronger 2.0L or, in the 2-door Koup, a 1.6L turbocharged unit. Every buyer should be able to find the right combination of power and fuel economy.

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What's New For 2016

The 2016 Kia Forte is largely unchanged, with mostly minor reshuffling of standard and optional equipment from trim to trim.


  • Basic Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 10 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Kia Forte

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio System -inc: SIRIUS satellite radio, USB/auxiliary input jacks, 4 speakers, Bluetooth wireless technology, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Speed Compensated Volume Control
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Window Grid Antenna
  • Exterior Features
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Wheels: 15" x 6.0" Steel w/Wheel Covers
    • Tires: P195/65R15
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver's seat
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Trunk/Hatch and Mechanical Fuel
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.8L I4 DOHC D-CVVT MPI
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 4.33 Axle Ratio
    • 60-Amp/Hr 600CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 90 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.3
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 14.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 600
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 90
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.8 L/110
    • Fuel System - MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 145 @ 6500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 130 @ 4700
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 179.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.1
    • Height, Overall (in) - 56.3
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.5
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.3
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 96.2
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.1
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.1
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.8
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.3
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.9
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.9
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 30
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 37
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Kia Forte
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P195/65HR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P195/65HR15
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.31
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.26
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.98
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.78
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.63
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.58
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.33
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2804
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel

2016 Kia Forte Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Aurora Black Pearl Clear White Crimson Red Metallic Silky Silver Metallic
  • Aurora Black Pearl
  • Clear White
  • Crimson Red Metallic
  • Silky Silver Metallic

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The Kia Forte is a front-wheel drive compact that comes in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback versions. The Forte sedan offers an appealing design with a dramatically curved roofline.

The latest-generation Forte was launched as a 2014 model, and little has changed for 2016. Keyless entry is standard on 2016 Forte models, and Popular Plus and Premium Plus option packages are available. (The previously offered Eco model has been dropped.)

Forte fares well in value, but it faces competition from the Ford Focus and Mazda 3. Compared with the Ford and Mazda, the Kia’s levels of refinement seem reminiscent of the best compacts from the 1990s. The Forte is noisier and less refined than the best compacts, and interior comfort isn’t the best. Forte lacks active-safety features now expected in the compact class, and its crash-test scores are below par.

Two engines are offered. Forte LX models use a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 145 horsepower. A 2.0-liter, 173-horsepower four-cylinder goes into the Forte EX model.

Best fuel economy is from a Forte LX automatic with an EPA estimate of 26/39 mpg City/Highway, or 31 mpg Combined, from its 1.8-liter engine. Forte EX with the larger engine rates only 24/35 mpg City/Highway.

Exterior styling adds to the Forte’s appeal. Overall, the hatchback conveys a bit more character; but the four-door sedan comes close.

Interior styling is simple and tasteful but subtly sporty. Sharp detailing, including hooded analog instruments, suggests more costly sports sedans, and the cockpit has an almost upscale feel, helped by a bit of metallic trim.

In its crash-test program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave Forte a four-star overall rating: up from just three stars, but many cars now get five-star scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety raised its score in its small overlap rating from Poor to Marginal, which is better but not great.


The 2016 Kia Forte sedan comes in two trim levels, LX and EX, each with a different engine.

Forte LX comes with a 1.8-liter engine and manual ($15,990) or automatic transmission ($17,700), air conditioning; keyless entry; a rearview camera display; power windows, door locks, and mirrors; satellite radio; Bluetooth hands-free calling; steering-wheel audio controls; all-disc brakes; and a new audio system.

Forte EX ($19,990) gets the 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission, a cooled glovebox, and rearview camera system. An optional UVO infotainment system can connect to Google Maps using a smartphone. Additional options include a true navigation system, ventilated driver’s seat, leather upholstery, garage-door opener, and pushbutton start.


Without question, exterior styling is the Forte’s strongest merit, helping to broaden its appeal to a wide audience. In fact, we consider Forte to be almost ideally proportioned, ranking among the most attractive models in its class.

With its surprisingly swoopy shape, below a gracefully arced roofline, the Forte manages to look both contemporary and rather sporty. In fact, the rake angle of the sedan’s front end almost suggests that of a sports car. Few competitors could make such a claim. The rear end narrows, but the trunk lid is cut wide to permit easier loading of luggage into the sizable space, which totals 14.9 cubic feet.


A clean, simple layout helps give the cockpit an appearance that approaches upscale, with a sporty component. A split design keeps the console from acquiring a bulky appearance. Sensibly large climate-control knobs are round and sturdy, and finishes within the cabin are pleasing to the eye.

Headroom is snug in both front and back; more so with a sunroof, which is available for the EX sedan. A power driver’s seat with ventilation, available for EX, may be tempting. But we’d be more impressed if those seat cushions held additional bolstering, to provide more support and yield greater long-distance support. Visibility isn’t the best, due largely to the Forte’s shapely body.

The rear doors are shaped to open wide, yet entry/exit for the back seat is impaired by the low, curvaceous roofline. That roof profile also shrinks useful headroom.

The rear seats fold almost flat for cargo space. Cubby storage space is sufficient, including a bin beneath a sliding screen, ahead of the gearshift lever. Both the glovebox and the console bin are adequate in size.

Driving Impressions

The Kia Forte’s appearance hints at sportiness but actual performance is average. Although the powertrain can be sufficiently spirited, gas mileage is generally good, and handling is acceptable.

No one would call the Forte quick, but both engines perform decently enough. The direct-injected 2.0-liter provides better fuel economy in urban, traffic-heavy driving, and seems better matched to the 6-speed automatic transmission.

You should expect a ride that’s firmer, even occasionally harsh, compared to some sportier compacts, such as the Ford Focus or Mazda 3. The suspension is reasonably good at absorbing choppy pavement roughness, yet surface flaws don’t go unnoticed. An EX feels firm during light maneuvers, yet permits excessive body motion at other times.

Some models offer selectable steering boost with three modes. Power steering is similar to the one used by the Hyundai Elantra GT, with sport, normal, and comfort assist levels. Responsiveness does not change, but picking a different mode does add a bit of heft to the steering. Normal and comfort feel more appropriate, but the sport setting can help the Forte remain reliably on course in highway driving.


Kia has a long-held reputation for value, and the 2016 Forte continues that tradition, being well-equipped for the price. We prefer the larger, direct-injected engine, because it provides a more relaxed road experience with greater performance confidence. Each engine revs freely, with little vibration; but noise can be an issue at times. Forte fails to lead its class in any category but styling. A redesigned Forte is expected soon.

Driving impressions by Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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