Consumer Reviews Summary
17 of 23 (73%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Kia Forte Overview
The 2013 Kia Forte is Kia’s entry into the hotly contested compact car segment, offering an appealing combination of features, value, and fuel economy.
The Forte is one of the most flexible compacts around, offered in three different bodystyles: sedan, five-door hatchback, and coupe (called the Forte Koup and covered separately on this website). From the outside, there’s not much to write about. The exterior is nondescript but attractive, with sharp lines but none of the swoopiness that’s found in many other cars in this segment. The 2013 model does add power-folding side mirrors (EX and SX) and daytime LED running lights (SX), which do help to spruce up the front of the Forte.
Under the hood, there are two engine options divided by trim level. The LX and EX are outfitted with a 156-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the upscale SX trim gets a larger and more powerful 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The LX comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while the others get a six-speed automatic standard. The Forte Hatchback is only available in EX and SX trim level, which means it is not available with the manual transmission.
Fuel economy tops out at 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, for Forte’s equipped with the base engine and the automatic transmission. Jumping up to the larger engine lowers those figures to 23 and 32 respectively.
Where the 2013 Forte really excels is when it comes to interior features, especially standard features. Each Forte comes with Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel controls, satellite radio, air conditioning, USB/iPod/auxiliary audio inputs, and an Eco driving monitor which lets you know when you’re driving efficiently. That’s a lot of standard kit on a car that starts at just over $15,000. Optional features include push button start, heated seats, automatic climate control, a navigation system with rear camera display, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The sedan offers 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while the hatchback offers 19.4 cubic feet.
The Forte also has plenty to offer when it comes to safety. The sedan was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick and standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and active front head restraints.
When it comes to bang for your buck, the 2013 Kia Forte is a value proposition that’s hard to beat with its combination of a low sticker price and plenty of standard features.