2021 Kia Forte

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2021 Kia Forte Ratings
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Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
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Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2021 Kia Forte after 90-days of ownership.
  • The vehicle's ability to conveniently store personal items is rated high
  • The experience of using voice assistance in the vehicle is rated high
  • Getting in/out of the second row seats is rated as easier than most vehicles in this segment

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2021 Kia Forte during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Customers give lower ratings than some competitors for feeling that the vehicle would protect them in an accident
  • The vehicle rates less well for steering/handling in slippery conditions than some competitors
  • The vehicle's heating and air conditioning do not operate as well as some competitors

Performance Specs

MPG City

25 - 31


32 - 41


147 - 201


1 speed, CVT w/OD, 6 speed, Manual w/OD, 7 speed, Auto-Shift Manual w/OD


Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4, Regular Unleaded I-4


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2021 Kia Forte Review

The Kia Forte feels like a car that costs a lot more. Of course it does. It’s a Kia. Comfort; technology; sleek elegant fastback design—who says value has to be boring? Choose from five trims from the capable FE to the athletic GT. The Forte’s sleek fastback design doesn’t just look great—it means more room inside for rear-seat passengers. And the available heated and ventilated front seats stay comfortable mile after mile. Manage your music make phone calls and more with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Available Voice Command Navigation helps you get where you’re going and available SiriusXM satellite radio keeps you entertained on the way. Be more confident on the road with Kia Drive Wise driver-assistive technologies4. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Keeping Assist come standard and Smart Cruise Control and Blind Spot Collision Warning are available. Choose from a variety of colors options and accessories and build a Forte that’s all yours. The Kia Forte. Always affordable. Never boring.
Everybody stays connected in a Kia Forte. Manage your music make phone calls get directions and more with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Every Forte comes with Bluetooth wireless technology and Voice Command Navigation SiriusXM satellite radio and a wireless charging pad are available. UVO Link and the downloadable Kia Access App turn your smartphone into a remote-control for your Forte. You can do diagnostic checks find your car in a parking lot lock your doors roll up your windows and more. The Kia Forte. Connectivity comes standard.
When you think of safety think of the Kia Forte. You’ll be more confident on the road with Kia Drive Wise driver-assistance technologies. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Keeping Assist come standard and Smart Cruise Control and Blind-Spot Collision Warning are available. Available Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning6 reduces the stress of backing out of driveways and parking spots. And every Forte comes with Electronic Stability Control. It works with the Traction Control System to reduce wheelspin and keep you on track. The Kia Forte. It’s the safer choice.
Every Kia Forte features a highly efficient powertrain. The standard two-liter Atkinson-Cycle engine is designed to minimize fuel consumption while it maximizes power. Add the available Intelligent Variable Transmission and your Forte can go up to 41 miles on a single gallon of gas. Or make every drive more fun with a Forte GT. Turbocharged engine; sport-tuned fully independent suspension; bigger anti-sway bars; bigger front brakes; stickier tires—and your choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. The Kia Forte. Who says value has to be boring?

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Quality Award Winner

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