New 2023 Kia Forte (Overview). HIGHS
– Sporty appearance, stingy with fuel, mega value proposition.
– Soul-less base engine, would rather cruise than attack apexes.
– The Kia Forte is a capable, highly affordable, sharp-looking small sedan that puts frugality first.
The Forte is a grown-up small sedan that’s a fantastic value for the money with above-average utility. Other highlights include a comfortable, quiet interior and an extensive list of available features. However, it lags well behind top competitors in driving dynamics, ride quality and rear legroom.
Loaded with features at lower price than most competitors
High fuel economy
Easy-to-use tech and infotainment system
Ride quality is a bit too stiff at times
Back seat lacks the room of some rivals
– What’s new
Minor changes to optional and standard feature availability
Last year’s FE trim is renamed the LX trim
Part of the third Forte generation introduced for 2019
Kia’s 2023 Forte might not have the same level of name recognition as some other small sedans but it’s one you’ll definitely want to look into. It’s typically priced a little less than its direct rivals and, depending on the trim level, comes with a few extra features. Combined with high fuel economy, strong performance from the GT trim, and a generous warranty, the Forte provides compelling value.