Kia gets high marks not only for styling, but quality. The Forte’s cabin feels more premium than its mainstream designation would suggest. The heft, trim pieces, and general sturdiness of the steering wheel were Audi A3 levels of good. The buttons, dials, and dash didn’t feature any seriously offensive hard plastics. And the leather seats – in the trim-topping Launch Edition (essentially an EX with some upgrades) – were super soft with both heat and ventilation functions. If you want safety, the Forte has it. Forward collision avoidance and driver attention warning come standard on all trims. Our tester, though, had the fully spec’d adaptive cruise control system with lane keep assist, which felt really progressive – no ping-ponging – with the ability to navigate even sharper turns, something that cars like the Jetta can’t do.
*Mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
1MSRP based on base model trim excluding tax, license, registration.
2 For well-qualified lessees.
3 Towing capability varies by trim level and configuration. See Owner’s Manual for proper use.