2013 Kia Forte

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2013 Kia Forte
2013 Kia Forte

New For 2013

A new sixteen-inch wheel design is standard on coupe and hatchback models and optional on sedans. LED daytime running lights are standard on SX models. Power-folding exterior mirrors are now standard on EX and SX models. Crimson red and metallic bronze replace spicy red and metal bronze as exterior colors.


It’s been a good run for the Kia Forte. The car has an impressive list of features meant to erase Kia’s reputation as a budget brand. Since its introduction, the Forte has offered leather, heated seats, and Bluetooth. Push-button start, shift paddles, and navigation are optional. Power comes from a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, and the two transmission choices are a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Both engines deliver good performance and return respectable fuel economy. The top SX model aims for a sporty feel inside, with black surfaces accented by silver trim and red lighting. Unfortunately, driving the SX, or any of the Forte models, is not a dynamic experience. Plenty of competitors in the small-car segment are more composed, refined, and fun. Manufacturers have gotten much more serious about their small cars lately, and models like the Mazda 3, the Ford Focus, and the Dodge Dart—to name a few—have raised the bar in refinement, dynamics, and efficiency. That has left the Forte playing catch-up, but that may change when Kia starts selling a longer, wider, and lower Forte, one that sits on an all-new chassis, for 2014. And maybe that’s why the only standard feature Kia added to its Forte models this year was an indicator light for low windshield-washer fluid.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; active front headrests; ABS; electronic brake-force distribution; brake assist; and stability and traction control are standard.

You'll like:

  • Long list of available features
  • Both transmissions are six-speeds

You won't like:

  • Driving dynamics are wanting
  • Still trying to catch up to the competition

Key Competitors For The 2013 Kia Forte

  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Mazda 3
  • Toyota Corolla
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2012 Kia Forte Five Door Front Three Quarter
2012 has been a bit of a mixed bag for automakers, with strong and growing sales for many brands in the U.S. and some emerging markets like China and Brazil, but with slow sales in Europe. Although Hyundai and Kia have had plenty of positive news this year, the companies have not been completely without troubles. Strikes in South Korea resulted in a reduction in output of more than 60,000 units, and a drop in third-quarter production capacity of 9.2 percent for Kia, which sources 62 percent of its global output from its factories in South Korea, according to Bloomberg. In an earnings conference call, an unnamed Kia executive said the next-generation Forte compact could be built in the U.S., Reuters reports.
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2013 Kia Forte Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
25 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
156 hp @ 6200rpm
144 ft lb of torque @ 4300rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks (optional)
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
100,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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