Mar 19, 2010
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $19,290

A huge jump over the Spectra. Competition for the Civic and Corolla and much better than cheaper Yaris, Fit, and Versa. Simple controls, comfortable 6-way heated leather seats, 156-hp, 2-liter DOHC 4-cylinder, effective 4-speed auto, decent-sized back seat and trunk. Bluetooth and MP3, of course.


Not many. Dash is rather generic and bland, but that’s better than idiosyncratically weird. Highway noise only slightly annoying.


Kia sales are up about 14%, a jump from 18th to 11th place. Forte is a genuine alternative to industry gold standards, with the 173-hp, 2.4-liter SX model the one to buy.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating